Ironbound Island Author:Elizabeth Ladd Born in Castine, Maine, Elizabeth Ladd has spent almost her entire life on the Maine island of Isleboro, one of the largest of the Penobscot Bay islands. As an only child, Miss Ladd had few playmates, but many pets. — Long before she could read she was interested in books, and her mother read to her by the hour. Library facilities were limited,... more » and her parents built up a library of children's classics for her.
When she began to make up her own stories her mother wrote them down.
"They were terrible stories," Miss Lad says, "but I was certain I was going to be an author."
After her mother's death she shared with her father the work and planning of their farm. The sea is only a mile away, and in summer clamming and fishing were added to their activities.
During the long winter evenings she read a great deal and also began to write. Her first book, ENCHANTED ISLAND, was published in 1953.
Since her father's death she has been managing the farm alone. Besides her chickens, she has a number of cats, some white Peking ducks, guinea hens, Bantams, and white rabbits.
The neighbors' children, who have the run of the farm in summer, say it is almost as good as a zoo. It is no accident that creatures of the sea, cats, and the vagaries of nature figure importantly in her books.« less
I really enjoyed this old book. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. Exciting story of a young boy who was sent off with some fishermen who didn't really care about him. His adventures and the people he finds who help him makes a very heartwarming story. I was really surprised. A children's book and OLD (c)1965.