Queen Hildegarde:

A Story For Girls

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When her parents have to take a trip to California, spoiled New York City girl Hildegarde Graham is sent to stay with her mother’s old nurse in the country, where she learns the value of simplicity, kindness, and a more democratic sensibility.

Author Biography

Laura E. Richards (1850–1943), a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, was born in Boston to eminent parents: Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, founder of the Perkins School for the Blind, and Julia Ward Howe, social reformer and lyricist of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In 1871, she married Henry Richards (1848–1949), architect and industrialist, and moved with him to Gardiner, Maine. Following the example of her parents, she brought about many social reforms and civic improvements in her hometown. She also wrote more than ninety works, mostly in the fields of children’s literature (to please her children) and biography. Captain January (1890), a bestseller, was twice made into a movie, the second time starring Shirley Temple. Her two-volume biography of her mother, Julia Ward Howe (1915), was the first biography to be honored by a Pulitzer Prize.

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Lyssa Browne makes her home in Seattle, where she has performed in regional theater companies as well as acting for television and film. Her voice can be heard as many different characters in Nintendo and X-Box games, audiobooks, and as the narrator of documentaries for the Discovery Channel and others.

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