Julia Dent Grant

Julia Dent Grant

by Christine Fitz-Gerald, Christine Maloney Gerald

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-The cultural and political atmosphere of the times as well as standard biographical information is covered in these books. While some events and periods in their lives are given full treatment, others are just touched upon. Throughout, there are highlighted boxes about events and people, some of which do not relate to the subject. For example, when the Grants travel to Europe, a half-page box is devoted to Prince Albert's death and Queen Victoria's subsequent mourning. The full-color and black-and-white reproductions and photographs are poorly chosen, not always labeled, and not necessarily near the text they represent. A picture of Grant's childhood home shows a man and woman in modern dress at the side door. The layout and combination of pictures and boxes of information is intrusive and detracts from the text. On one page in Dolley, the last sentence reads "Dolley's schedule as First Lady was"--skip boxes and pictures on two and a half pages to--"busy." "Fast Facts" lists the important dates and achievements of each First Lady. An error in this section states that Dolley's first marriage was to John Payne, who was actually her father. Even when correct, some of the highlighted achievements are embarrassing. Julia Grant's achievements include "hiring an Italian chef." Not all of the Web sites and reading suggestions are directly related to these women. Some president's wives do not qualify for a 100-page biography. Lucky the child who is assigned Eleanor Roosevelt. The rest will find enough information in the Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies (Holt, 1996).-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL

Product Details

Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Encyclopedia of First Ladies Series
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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