Ludie's Life

Ludie's Life

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A moving poetry collection from Cynthia Rylant


Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems. In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age. This is the story of one woman’s experiences in a hard­scrabble coal-mining town, a story that brims with universal themes about life, love, and familyand all of the joy, laughter, heartache, and loss that accompany them.

Would she tell you that six children
were too many,
that some disappointed,
that others surprised,
but that, all in all,
six
were too many
and one
would have been just fine.
Would she tell you that she married
that boy at fifteen
not only because he was tall and kind
but also because
she needed a way out.
from LUDIE’S LIFE



Baker & Taylor
An evocative collection of poetry by the author of the poetry collection Boris and the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May features pieces inspired by her home life in West Virginia, in a volume that explores such themes as childhood, parenthood, and old age.

Harcourt Publishing
A moving poetry collection from Cynthia Rylant


Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems. In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birth of her own children, and on into old age. This is the story of one woman’s experiences in a hard­scrabble coal-mining town, a story that brims with universal themes about life, love, and family—and all of the joy, laughter, heartache, and loss that accompany them.

 Would she tell you that six children
were too many,
that some disappointed,
that others surprised,
but that, all in all,
six
were too many
and one
would have been just fine.
Would she tell you that she married
that boy at fifteen
not only because he was tall and kind
but also because
she needed a way out.
               —from LUDIE’S LIFE



Baker
& Taylor

A collection of poetry features pieces inspired by the author's home life in West Virginia, in a volume that explores such themes as childhood, parenthood, and old age.
Cynthia Rylant returns to her home state of West Virginia with this powerful and evocative collection of poems. In a heartbreaking narrative that flows like a novel, we follow Ludie from childhood to falling in love and getting married, through the birthof her own children, and on into old age. This is the story of one woman's experiences in a hard-scrabble coal-mining town, a story that brims with universal themes about life, love, and family-and all of the joy, laughter, heartache, and loss that accompany them. Would she tell you that six children were too many, that some disappointed, that others surprised, but that, all in all, six were too many and one would have been just fine. Would she tell you that she married that boy at fifteen not only because he was tall and kind but also because she needed a way out.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, [2006]
ISBN: 9780152053895
0152053891
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION RYLAN...C
Characteristics: 116 pages ; 19 cm

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alyx7279
Aug 09, 2017

I loved the quiet, simplistic text that leads to critical thinking and profound meaning. I also greatly appreciated the beauty in the pictures.

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LauraMcShaneCLE
Aug 08, 2017

What do you love about life? Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel provide an answer that applies to all of us. Beautiful illustrations.

AndLib1 Jul 12, 2017

Rylant does a wonderful job expressing complex emotions in the warmly illustrated book on the purpose of living. It is good for preschoolers to High Schoolers to adults trying to understand feelings, including happiness, awe, pride, love as well as, sadness, depression, difficulty, fear and why it’s important to wake up each day. It is a good bedtime or Storytime book. The text almost serves as a starting point for further discussion about these topics in a heartfelt and positive way. As the text states, “Remember this: in every corner of the world, there is something to love," and this book is one of those things.

debwalker May 31, 2017

Existentialism for children! And beauty for troubled times.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 17, 2016

Excellent story , like the free verse style of writing also .
This book I am surprised is in the YA category as an adult . and an older adult, would much more identify with the topics of the story. Teens don't know about outhouses, no electricity , and the other hardships of Ludie's life experiences . Great story but would like to see this book in the Adult section also . Well worth reading . Short and powerful touching story .

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

Grade 5 - 9

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AlanaS
Oct 04, 2009

A look at the life on one women told in verse. Tells of the ups and downs of her life and that of her family and those around her. A very touching story.

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ningw thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 9

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