Blazing A Trail: The Minna Anthony Common Story

Written by Becky Ferrigno

Illustrated by Jen Varn


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Minna Anthony Common was born in 1882 in Watertown, NY. From the beginning, she was different from her peers. Her mother died within a month of her birth and grief-ridden, her father left, never to return again. Raised by her grandmother in Watertown, she was denied the opportunity to use her full tuition scholarship to St. Lawrence University and pursue her dreams. Despite all odds, she persevered to become a botanist, a nationally respected bird watcher, a New York Times author, a nature education advocate, and a literal blazer of trails. Today, the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park serves as a reminder of her accomplishments.

Blazing A Trail: The Minna Anthony Common Story (Pocket Jennifer Publishing, June 2019) is a narrative non-fiction book that recognizes a north country woman whose vast contributions to nature education and botany have been virtually unexplored.

Publishing Date: June 2019
Pre-sales: Officially begin April 2019 but can be taken prior to that date by e-mailing Becky
Grades: 4-7
Ages: 8-12