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The Life of Louisa May Alcott

Yona Zeldis McDonough; illustrations by Bethanne Andersen

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When Louisa May Alcott's Little Women was published in 1868, it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there's 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.

Praise for Louisa

“Enchanting gouache and pastel paintings adorn this thorough biography of Little Women author Alcott. …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.” —Publishers Weekly

“McDonough clearly lays out the essentials of Alcott's life story...Andersen's gouache-and-pastel illustrations use strong shapes and rich colors to create iconic images. Textured gold backgrounds, dynamic and luminous, isolate the people portrayed from their everyday surroundings and intensify the pictures' emotional content.” —Booklist

“Middle-graders will be charmed by this first look at one of America's most beloved authors.” —Kirkus Reviews

“McDonough has captured the essence of Alcott's fascinating life story in this picture book… McDonough's title is for those looking for a short, accessible introduction to an amazing life.” —School Library Journal

“The result is an introductory biography that offers primary as well as secondary appeal; evincing some of the same charm as the subject's famous works.” —BCCB

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Yona Zeldis McDonough; illustrations by Bethanne Andersen

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: America's First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy. She lives in Boise, Idaho.

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