A Race Around the World: The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland By Caroline Starr Rose


Back of Book:

In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days—began a circumnavigation she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by her employer, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, another New York publication put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking she could beat Bly’s time. Only one woman could win the race, but both completed their journeys in record time.

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from author Caroline Starr Rose in exchange for an honest review.

I love reading about historical events that changed the course of history. I never realized that Nellie Bly went around the world, let alone that Elizabeth Bisland did it with her. I was instantly captivated by the courage these women had to literally race around the world. Caroline Starr Rose describes the journey in vivid detail and immerses the readers into the experience. The illustrations by Alexandra Bye are absolutely stunning. She captured both women’s journeys with detail and vibrant colors. The back of the book has a note that shares more about Nellie Bly Elizabeth Bisland the incredible journey that they took. 

This is a fantastic book to share during National Women’s Month or any historical lesson. 

Ages 6 and up

32 Pages 

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