Willa by Amy Ehrlich
The Story of Cather, an American Writer

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Minor's watercolor-and-gouache pictures depict bucolic prairie scenes and town and city life; meadowlarks appear frequently. A simplistic treatment for an audience likely unfamiliar with its subject.
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From award-winning author Amy Ehrlich comes an illustrated biography of Willa Cather, one of America’s greatest and most beloved writers.

Willa Cather’s life was a true American success story. A pioneer and determined spirit, Willa didn’t let anything stand in her way. She refused to be discouraged by the fact that in the 1880s women hadn’t written before, because she had many ideas to share. By becoming a trailblazer and following her heart, Willa Cather is remembered today as one of the greatest American writers in history.

Filled with captivating and historically accurate details, as well as gorgeous illustrations by Wendell Minor, this illustrated chapter book is ideal nonfiction for middle graders.
 

About Amy Ehrlich

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Amy Ehrlich is the founding editor of Candlewick Press, and the award-winning author of many books for children, including Leo; Zack and Emmie, illustrated by Steven Kellogg; The Day the Goose Got Loose, illustrated by Steven Kellogg; and most recently Rachel Carson, illustrated by Wendell Minor. Amy is also the author of Where It Stops Nobody Knows, a Booklist Book of the Year, and Joyride. She lives in Vermont with her family.Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of picture books, and his work has won countless awards and is in permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of American Illustration and the Library of Congress. His cover illustrations have graced some of the most significant novels of our time by authors such as Toni Morrison, David McCullough, and James Michener. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him online at MinorArt.com.
 
Published September 27, 2016 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 72 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 01 2016

Minor's watercolor-and-gouache pictures depict bucolic prairie scenes and town and city life; meadowlarks appear frequently. A simplistic treatment for an audience likely unfamiliar with its subject.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 23 2017

Occasionally abrupt changes of time and place result from Ehrlich’s telescopic narrative of the half century Cather lived in East Coast cities, but she concludes with a satisfying assessment of the author’s literary achievement.

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