From the monthly archives:

November 2009

November 30 Birthday: Mark Twain

by Anne on November 30, 2009

Mark Twain, writer

Nov. 30, 1835-Apr. 21, 1910

American Boy: The Adventures of Mark Twain by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)

Brown takes readers on a journey through the childhood and life of the plucky Twain. A fitting introduction to an American legend.

The Hannibal Courier Post looks at the life and works of Samuel Clemens.

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November 29 Birthday: Tzu Hsi

by Anne on November 29, 2009

Tzu Hsi, royal

Nov. 29, 1835-Nov. 15, 1908

Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 2000)

Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi ruled her country for 47 years. It was said that she loved to read.

Fordham University posts information about the Court Life in China.

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November 29 Birthday: Louisa May Alcott

by Anne on November 29, 2009

Louisa May Alcott, writer

Nov. 29, 1832-Mar. 6, 1888

Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1994)

Based on her own childhood with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott’s most famous work, Little Women was followed by other classics such as Little Men, Jo’s Boys, and Eight Cousins. Alcott also wrote works for adults.

Visit Orchard House, where Alcott lived when writing Little Women.

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November 27 Birthday: Bruce Lee

by Anne on November 27, 2009

Bruce Lee, athlete

Nov. 27, 1940-July 20, 1973

Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low Books, 2006)

A master of Kung fu, Chinese American Bruce Lee turned the West on to martial arts.

A photo and article about Lee is posted at Time.com.

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November 24 Birthday: Frances H. Burnett

by Anne on November 24, 2009

Frances H. Burnett, writer

Nov. 24, 1849-Oct. 29, 1924

Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1994)

Burnett, the author of the children’s classic, The Secret Garden, originally illustrated by Tasha Tudor, was nicknamed “Fluffy.” Who knew?

A biography of Burnett is posted on a site of an ardent fan.

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