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America Is... [Hardcover]

By Louise Borden (Author) & Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
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Item description for America Is... by Louise Borden & Stacey Schuett...

Celebrates the diversity of America, the land of the free, where millions of people from many different walks of life share the lakes, mountains, prairies, forests, and deserts that make up this great country.

Publishers Description
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.

Awards and Recognitions
America Is... by Louise Borden & Stacey Schuett has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Charlotte Award - 2004 Nominee - Primary category

Citations And Professional Reviews
America Is... by Louise Borden & Stacey Schuett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 457
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 04/15/2002 page 562
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/15/2002 page 64
  • School Library Journal - 06/01/2002 page 118
  • Booklist - 08/01/2002 page 1952
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 457

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.34" Width: 9.46" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 16, 2003
Publisher   Margaret K. McElderry
Age  6-9
ISBN  0689839006  
ISBN13  9780689839009  

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More About Louise Borden & Stacey Schuett

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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

Louise Borden currently resides in Terrace Park, in the state of Ohio. Louise Borden was born in 1955.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > General
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What a book!  Jun 26, 2007
This book was written to explain America to British schoolchildren who asked, "What is America really like?" The author and illustrator do a fabulous job of capturing the essence of the cities, countryside, landmarks and geographical features. I highly recommend this book to all elementary level teachers and parents throughout the world.
Amazing  Oct 9, 2006
I love this book! It's beautifully illustrated and really breaks it down in language children understand. Only a cynic wouldn't like this book. I have bought several copies as gifts for my kid's friends and everybody loves it.
Patriotic Drivel  Jul 22, 2005
This is exactly the sort of "USA - Number 1" drivel that kids already get plenty of. There are about 1,000 books just like this one, all telling children how wonderful and special the U.S. is, without ever acknowledging that problems might actually exist -- or that someone might not agree with this narrow interpretation of our "superiority." The author even manages to discuss Native Americans in a pro-U.S. way! This book is really of little use to anyone except those studying America's myopic fascination with its own distorted image of itself. To say that the name "America" means "freedom" to people all over the world, in this day and age, is wishful thinking in the extreme...
Great Book  Oct 4, 2004
My daughter brought this book home from her school library. I was surprise since she is only in 1st grade. But I read it to her and was refreshingly surprised. I was proud to read it to her and also be reminded of what this country is truly about.
I would recommend it to any school librarian for her library or any parent for their home.
A great book  Sep 8, 2002
The pictures are lovely, but the words are even better.

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