The Great Little Madison

The Great Little Madison

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by Jean Fritz
     
 

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In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact.u-An excellent, fascinating,

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In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact.u-An excellent, fascinating, indispensable resource.? —Kirkus Reviews, pointer review? The book is rich in the sort of detail that illuminates the man, but is not limited to personal information; a great deal of government history is woven into the biography.? —Horn Book, starred review? Fritz has given a vivid picture of the man and an equally vivid picture of the problems that faced the leaders of the new nation in the formative years.? —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review? Young readers will feel like they know the 'Great Little Madison' very well.? —School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fritz ( Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! ) here presents a brisk, highly accessible biography of James Madison. Sickly as a child, Madison was a short, frail man with a wispy, small voice. His successes in incorporating personal freedoms into a reasonably strong centralized government and his enormous appetite for work earned him the sobriquet ``great.'' Madison's shyness and difficulty with public speaking were drawbacks during the politician's early days in Virginia government--as was the enmity of a powerful Patrick Henry--but behind-the-scenes speaking effectiveness and voluminous, well-reasoned writings more than compensated. In her characteristic way of bringing history to life, Fritz writes in a highly engaging, entertaining manner, providing vivid descriptions of Madison's close friendship with Thomas Jefferson; his long and apparently happy marriage to Dolly; the infighting during the creation of the Constitution; the patience with which our fourth president dealt with an unreasonable England, leading to the war of 1812--and that war's defeats and victories. Ages 10-up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Fritz's biography of fourth president James Madison is a pleasure to read. She makes the soft-spoken, shy man and his flamboyant wife Dolley both interesting and accessible. Even more useful, Fritz illuminates two of the rarely studied milestones of our country's early history: the chaotic period during which the very young United States was run by the Continental Congress, and the War of 1812. The prints and engravings are well chosen, and the concluding notes, bibliography, and index most useful. 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698116214
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
4.97(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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Great Little Madison 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well written biography and history that touches the highlights of our nation's beginning. It briefly rounds up many of the top political players of the time. The focus is on the strength of Madison's commitment to his nation, a commitment that helped him to overcome his physical weaknesses. It shows behind the scenes activities that go into the making of history. The author used deft stokes to show how Madison became great by overcoming his small stature and weak voice through the greatness of his commitment.
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