Alexandra Hinrichs is a Maine writer, reader, historian, librarian, explorer, and author of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry. In college, she studied history, Library & Information Studies, and French. She has worked as a historical researcher at American Girl, a substitute youth services librarian, a children's bookseller, a kindergarten teacher in Bangkok, and is now a full-time writer and mother of two.
In an interview with The Children's Book Review, Alexandra confessed that, if she had to vacation with any literary character, she'd choose Anne from Anne of Green Gables. She still owns her childhood copy of Anne of Green Gables, well-worn and well-read.
Alexandra has known since the age of six that she's wanted to write books.
Getty Publications, the publishing house for the Getty Museum, approached Alexandra to write a book about a girl in a weaving manufactory to complement their exhibit, "Woven Gold: The Tapestries of Louis XIV." Alexandra realized it would be a great project to combine her passions for France and the French language, art, books, and museums.
Reviews for Thérèse Makes a Tapestry:
"This charming narrative of a determined girl’s artistic talent and will to succeed in the family business makes a compelling story on an unusual topic." - Kirkus Reviews
"If you are looking for a book for your child that stretches the imagination and encourages them to push and challenge the status quo, you will not be disappointed. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is poignant, but exciting." -BlogCritics
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