Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Borrowed Names

Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters
By Jeannine Atkins
Henry Holt, 2010. 209 pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction

This book is divided into three sections, one for Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose, one for Madam C.J. Walker and her daughter A'Lelia, and Marie Curie and her daughter Irene. These poetic stories show the relationships between mother and daughter as the girls grow up. It shows their frustrations with their mothers, the appreciation for them, and the ways they become like them.

This is a nice collection of stories in verse, showing the ups and downs of the mother-daughter relationship. Atkins has provided a timeline and selected bibliography to help readers looking for more information.


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