Saturday, July 07, 2007

Our Country's First Ladies

I know that some kids love a good history book, especially when it's presented in fact form. For example, my daughter loves the Don't Know Much About series. Our Country's First Ladies is a fact-filled and beautifully illustrated and photographed book that kids might enjoy in a similar fashion. The forward is written by Laura Bush, and the author writes an introduction about the importance of the role, as well as important firsts for women in the different cultural periods.

Each of the forty-four first ladies is given a two-to-four-page spread, which starts off with a beautiful portrait. Then there is a fact box which I enjoyed reading through to compare facts about each of the first ladies, such as age of marriage (several of them, even in the earlier years, were older than I expected, and more than a few were divorced), age when made first lady, and age at death. The text on the facing page includes information about how she met the President, any "firsts" of the office, and causes that she supported.

This book was provided for review by the publisher.

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martha the stealth roommate said...

OK....we just spent 3 days in Austin and saw that book at the LBJ library (only free presidential library). I thought it looked terrific! Glad to hear it is. The new Texas History Museum is great. Everything that you would want to know!

Scratchin' the Surface said...

This looks like a great book, paying respect to the great women behind the great men. I've read biographies and autobiographics of several of our first ladies and they were always so interesting. My favorite - Barbara Bush's.