April 6, 1916, a little yellow car set out from New York City. It
carried tools, spare parts, a teeny-tiny typewriter, an itsy-bitsy
sewing machine, one stout leather trunk bursting with useful things,
two smiling women, and a wee black kitten with a yellow ribbon tied
around its neck.
Nell Richardson and Alice Burke were off
to tour the country from one end to the other with rallying shouts of
"Votes for Women!" In their tiny yellow car, the two friends forded icy
streams, braved a howling blizzard, trekked across unmapped desert
sands, and even joined a circus parade to spread the word for women's
right to vote.
With an election around the corner, the time for
women's voting rights had come, and Nell and Alice would stop at
nothing to advance their cause! After ten thousand bumpy, muddy miles,
the two women and their feline friend made a triumphant return to New
York City, but as history would show, the difficult journey toward
equality still had a long way to go.
This is the true story of
Nell and Alice's daring cross-country adventure, packed with humor,
verve, and even a flat tire or two. Mara Rockliff's rollicking prose
perfectly captures the vivacious spirit of the brave friends' journey,
while Hadley Hooper's exuberant illustrations bring this fascinating
historical trek to vibrant life.
account as lively as it is informative, Rockliff (Mesmerized) commemorates the centennial of
a daring, dangerous, and successful publicity stunt undertaken to
promote women’s voting rights." —Publishers
"A lively look at the ingenuity
of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote."