|aUncommon traveler|bMary Kingsley in Africa|cwritten and illustrated by Don Brown.
|a1 volume (unpaged)|bcolor ill.|c27 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references.
|aA brief biography of the self-educated nineteenth-century Englishwoman who, after a secluded childhood and youth, traveled alone through unexplored West Africa in 1893 and 1894 and learned much about the area and its inhabitants.
|aKingsley, Mary Henrietta|d1862-1900|vJuvenile literature.
Mary Kingsley spent her childhood in a small house on a lonely lane outside London, England. Her mother was bedridden, her father rarely home, and Mary served as housekeeper, handyman, nursemaid, and servant. Not until she was thirty years old did Mary get her chance to explore the world she’d read about in her father’s library. In 1893, she arrived in West Africa, where she encountered giant Xying insects, crocodiles, hippos, and brutal heat. Mary endured the hardships of the equatorial country--and thrived.