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Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa
Synopses & Reviews
In her time, Alexandra David-Neel was the most famous woman in France. She had traveled extensively in China and Tibet and, in 1924, was the first Western woman ever to enter Tibet?s forbidden capital, Lhasa. Alexandra was a self-taught Buddhist scholar and spoke Tibetan flawlessly. And she did it all as a mature woman - she was in her mid-fifties when she arrived in Lhasa.
Not only is Alexandra David-Neel?s story one of high adventure, of trekking through snow-choked mountain passes and wild encounters on the Tibetan tablelands, but it is also about a prolific writer and passionate advocate of Tibetan culture. Far Beyond the Garden Gate reveals an unforgettable life?s journey with vibrant, graceful prose and stunning illustrations.
"The beiges, grays, and whites of Brown's palette capture the feeling of the unfamiliar world into which the woman and her companion ventured, but the rag-doll figures are less appealing. Little has been written about this intriguing woman for this audience, so this book will be a welcome addition to most collections." School Library Journal
"Brown combines succinct language, dramatic storytelling, and beautiful, spare watercolor art to describe his subject's remarkable life." Booklist
This true story describes the remarkable life of Alexandra David-Neel, the most famous woman in France in her time. Traveling to Tibet in 1924, Alexandra, a self-taught Buddhist scholar, was the first Western woman ever to enter Tibet's forbidden capital, Lhasa. Full color.
About the Author
Don Brown is a professional illustrator. His first children's book, RUTH LAW THRILLS A NATION, was a Reading Rainbow feature selection and an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. His second book, ALICE RAMSEY'S GRAND ADVENTURE, received starred reviews in THE BULLETIN, KIRKUS REVIEWS, and SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." His most recent book, RARE TREASURE, was selected as a NCSS-CBC Notable Children"s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
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