In words and pictures, this is a salute to our great country, the land of freedom for us and for people all over the world.
In her poetic text, Louise Borden evokes with bold strokes many aspects of our nation its farmlands, its prairies, its cattle country, its cities, its rivers, and the many kinds of people who live and work here. Mountains and deserts, waterfalls and beaches each of our states has special things to see and enjoy. And all over this country, our flag flies, with fifty stars for our current fifty states and thirteen broad stripes for our original thirteen colonies.
A few years ago, Louise Borden spoke to a group of schoolchildren in a library in Birmingham, England. When she finished, the very first question was, "What's it like to live in America?" This book is her answer. Readers of all ages will join in this salute to the place we call home, celebrated here in a simple, inspiring text and in lovely, atmospheric, full-color pictures.
About the Author
Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at LouiseBorden.com.
Stacey Schuett has illustrated numerous books for children, including America Is...by Louise Borden, Night Lights by Steven Schnur, and Purple Mountain Majesties by Barbara Younger. She lives in Sebastopol, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What is America to you? Is it ¿a flag of stars and stripes,¿ or ¿the pledge we say at school.¿ Maybe it¿s the ¿lakes so huge and deep they seem as big as an ocean¿ or ¿the land where we are free.¿ It may be a couple of these things to you, but it¿s probably these things plus a whole lot more. America is the world we live in, its past, present and future. America is¿ is a great poetic salute to our great country of America. With the poetic text describing many of the aspects about the country of America and the bold pictures, this book depicts many of the things about America that make it so great. Louise Borden was born (in 1949) and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She became very interested in reading while she was in elementary school. It was at Louise¿s elementary school, Lotspeich that ¿the marvelous shelves of books in the library shaped her into a lifelong reader.¿ Before becoming a full time writer and a guest speaker, Louise was a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She was also a co-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati. Today, writing is a part of her life. ¿The first impulse to write a book is always triggered by something that has touched her indelibly.¿ Louise Borden lives in Ohio with her family. Borden, Louise. America Is¿ New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002. RL: Ages 6-9, Grades 1-4