Louella Mae, She's Run Away!

Louella Mae,
She’s Run Away!

Illustrator: Rosanne Litzinger

Louella Mae, she’s run away!

Look in the cornfields!

Look in the hay!

Where, oh where, is Louella Mae?

Join this desperate farm family’s frantic search for the missing Louella Mae. Is she in the barn? Up on the ridge? Out in the woods? They scour the entire countryside, only to return home at nightfall without her. Children will have fun, and build phonemic awareness as they supply the missing words in this interactive story:

Hey, Ma! Go tell Pa! Uncle Henry and Chub!

We found her! She’s sleeping inside in the…


As the family discovers, miracles often occur when you least expect them. Surprise ending reveals who Louella Mae really is (not a little girl!) and why she went missing. (Preschool–2nd grade)


Starred Review!

“A light-hearted, fetching story told in rollicking verse.”

—The Horn Book, starred review

“Engagingly written in verse…young audiences are prompted to supply the ending rhyme for each pair of couplets. The preschool set and kindergarteners love interactive poetry and are bound to ask for this book again and again. The simple text is also suitable for beginning readers.”

—School Library Journal

“Savvy bookmaking turns this energetic barnyard romp into a fun guessing game.”


“Ultra funny story line…a terrific book to read aloud.”

—Children’s Literature

Awards & Honors

1997 Spring “Pick of the Lists” —American Booksellers’ Association


Louella in the barn?