A small town girl who loved reading, Laura Welch dreamed of being a teacher and later, a librarian. Nothing in her background suggested her eventual marriage at age 31 to a man such as George W. Bush. Her husband-to-be was Laura's opposite in many respects—personality, family background and aspirations. Once married, Laura was thrust into the political and social limelight, eventually becoming First Lady of the United States. Despite her native reserve, Mrs. Bush has used her varied prominent positions to good advantage. She created a family literacy program for Texas, developed the national Reach Out and Read program for infants and toddlers, and was involved in Take Time for Kids, a publication for parents in English and Spanish, as well as other socially innovative projects. One wishes that the author had explored the complexities of Laura Bush's life in greater depth. Neither the basic text nor the brief quotations from long-ago friends provide insight or bring this apparently dynamic woman to life. Photographs, an index, important dates and bibliographic sources are included. This book is one of the "Gateway Biographies" series. 2001, The Millbrook Press, $22.90 and $8.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Stephanie Farrow
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In an easy-to-read style, this chapterless book covers the life of the First Lady from her childhood in Midland, TX, to her current life in Washington, DC. Sidebars discuss subjects such as "First Pets" and "A Second First Lady"-about two Bush women in the White House. Light blue circles throughout the text give "Fun Facts" that include her hobbies, favorite foods, etc. Full-color and black-and-white photos add to the presentation. A suitable introduction for reports and general reading.-Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.