America Is... by Louise Borden

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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.

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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 Stacey Schuett has illustrated numerous books for children, including America Louise Borden, Night Lights by Steven Schnur, and Purple Mountain Majesties by Barbara Younger. She lives in Sebastopol, California.
Published January 1, 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 40 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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You can practically hear the music swell behind Borden’s celebration of the US, a land where, between “rugged mountains with caps of snow” and “the swamps and bayous of the Deep South,” people “rush to and from work,” “proud tribes .

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The author touches down in farming country ("America is.../ old barns/ and country roads,/ fields of corn/ and wheat"), on busy urban streets ("America is skyscrapers,/ tall, with many windows,/ up,/ up,/ up"), the prairie ("tall grass,/ and wind,/ and stars") as she introduces the basic elements...

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