Louisa May's Battle

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Louisa May's Battle

How the Civil War Led to Little Women

By Kathleen Krull; Carlyn Beccia (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802796684, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013


Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning "Little Women," but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers' wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own letters home were published as "Hospital Sketches," she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in "Little Women," which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country.

About the Author
Kathleen Krullis well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com.

Carlyn Beccia made her picture book debut with the captivating Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? The idea for The Raucous Royals, her second book, came after a trip to Paris: I went to Versailles, she writes, and discovered that Marie Antoinette never said her infamous line Let them eat cake. Then I remembered also believing that Anne Boleyn had six fingers. After much digging, I discovered that one of her biographers after her death said she had an extra nail. A nail isn t a finger. That discovery led to another rumor and then another . . . Besides painting, drawing, and researching royalty, Carlyn enjoyssalsa dancing, horseback riding, and raucous games of badminton with her husband. She lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.