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Louise Borden

Full Name: Louise Borden
Gender: Female
Number of Works: 35
There were already two Louises in my family when I was born: my mother and my grandmother, Nana, who lived with us when I was growing up. So early on, I was given the name Leezie. This is a name that my family still calls me. Years later, my niece was born and also named Louise. Then there were four of us with the same name! Louise is a fine name to have except that people often spell it incorrectly. Sometimes my mail is addressed to Louisa, or Louisie, or Lewis, or Lois. Leezie is also tough for people to spell. Names and their pronunciations have always interested me, so writing about a teacher named Mrs. Kempczinski was a natural thing for me to do.

I grew up in a house at the top of a steep street in Cincinnati, Ohio, the kind of street that is a big challenge when you are pedaling uphill on your bicycle. My two sisters and I used to ride our bikes down, down our street, and then to the local dimestore to buy candy bars or meet up with our friends. But coming home, we had to pedal up our long hill. (This was before mountain bikes!) Pedaling slowly up my street may be where I learned perseverance, something all writers need when they are working alone at their desks.

Writing picture books came much later—after studying history in college, getting married, and raising three children. Even though I didn't grow up to be a composer, I like to think that my picture books are almost songs because the sound of words and the poetry of my style are so important in the texts that I write. I work very hard at my desk, revising and revising and revising, trying to find just the right words that will be beautiful or fun to read.

ISBN: 0689845022, 9780689845024
Keywords: story, netherlands, war, world, skating, race, greatest
Pages: 48
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%

"You're a strong skater, Piet, and you have a quick mind. This is why I know you'll succeed in this important task. I wouldn't ask you to do this if I didn't know it could be done."In 1941 Piet, a young Dutch boy from Sluis, gets the assignment of a lifetime: He must skate along the frozen canals of the Netherlands and across the Belgian border, in order to guide two neighborhood children to their aunt's house in Brugge, where the children will remain for the duration of World War II. Their father has been taken by German soldiers, and the children are no longer safe in Sluis &#
ISBN: 1416955038, 9781416955030
Keywords: naps, don, brothers
Pages: 32
Published: 2011
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0689873956, 9780689873959
Keywords: grade, first
Pages: 40
Published: 2008
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1416902864, 9781416902867
Keywords: america
Pages: 40
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0689808275, 9780689808272
Keywords: world, war, dunkirk, rescue, ships, heroic, little
Pages: 32
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%

In May of 1940 -- the early days of World War II -- half a million British and French soldiers were trapped in France. Weak and wounded, they needed aid. Help came in the form of countless small craft, steered by brave young men, in the legendary armada of "little ships" that sailed aross the English Channel. Many people wanted to be a part of the rescue mission. Here is the story of a girl who was so determined to help that she disguised herself as a boy to blend in with the men as they sailed toward Dunkirk.
ISBN: 1416918132, 9781416918134
Keywords: club, hancock, john
Pages: 48
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0689842163, 9780689842160
Keywords: longitude, story, clocks, sea
Pages: 48
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%