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Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott

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Publisher Comments:

When Louisa May Alcotts Little Women was published in 1868, it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but theres a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This informative biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who left an indelible mark on literature for all ages.

Review:

"Enchanting gouache and pastel paintings adorn this thorough biography of Little Women author Alcott. Painted in a somewhat nave style with elongated, flowing lines, single portraits of Alcott dominate several of Andersen's (Patience Wright) spreads. Natural elements like feathers and flowers pattern her dresses and decorate the background, evoking her love of nature. While the fluid compositions evoke a carefree tone, textured gold backdrops, dark hues and serious facial expressions underscore the sadness and disappointments of Alcott's short life, including a sister's early death and her family's poverty. McDonough's (The Doll with the Yellow Star) plainspoken narrative, confined to filmy, rectangular canvases on each page, provides numerous anecdotes to keep the story paced and interesting. Readers learn of her father's alternative, ahead-of-his-time views on education and diet, as well as Louisa's efforts to help her impoverished family with finances ('Once she tried to earn money as a doll's dressmaker. She chased the neighbor's hens for their feathers and made fancy dolls' hats to sell'). Endnotes provide a time line, some of the author's quotations and early poetry, and even a favorite recipe for 'apple slump.' Ages 6 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of many books for children, including Sisters in Strength and Anne Frank. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bethanne Andersen has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Patience Wright: Americas First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805081923
Author:
Mcdonough, Yona
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Illustrator:
Andersen, Bethanne
Author:
Andersen, Bethanne
Author:
McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
General
Subject:
Alcott, Louisa May
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full color throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
11 x 7 in
Age Level:
06-10

Related Subjects

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Children's » Biographies » Women
Children's » General
Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

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Product details 48 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805081923 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Enchanting gouache and pastel paintings adorn this thorough biography of Little Women author Alcott. Painted in a somewhat nave style with elongated, flowing lines, single portraits of Alcott dominate several of Andersen's (Patience Wright) spreads. Natural elements like feathers and flowers pattern her dresses and decorate the background, evoking her love of nature. While the fluid compositions evoke a carefree tone, textured gold backdrops, dark hues and serious facial expressions underscore the sadness and disappointments of Alcott's short life, including a sister's early death and her family's poverty. McDonough's (The Doll with the Yellow Star) plainspoken narrative, confined to filmy, rectangular canvases on each page, provides numerous anecdotes to keep the story paced and interesting. Readers learn of her father's alternative, ahead-of-his-time views on education and diet, as well as Louisa's efforts to help her impoverished family with finances ('Once she tried to earn money as a doll's dressmaker. She chased the neighbor's hens for their feathers and made fancy dolls' hats to sell'). Endnotes provide a time line, some of the author's quotations and early poetry, and even a favorite recipe for 'apple slump.' Ages 6 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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