Martha Washington: First Lady of the United States (Signature Lives Series)


A biography profiling the life of Martha Washington, the first women to hold the position of first lady of the United States. Includes source notes and timeline.
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A biography profiling the life of Martha Washington, the first women to hold the position of first lady of the United States. Includes source notes and timeline.
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Editorial Reviews

This series highlights four extraordinary women of the American Revolution-Martha Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, Phillis Wheatley, and Abigail Adams. Filled with color illustrations (contemporary engravings often misleadingly tinted for a newer market), maps, time lines, interesting factoids, and suggested readings, these titles might seem ideal for young people, perhaps designed especially for younger teen reluctant readers faced with selecting a biography for a school assignment. Relying completely on secondary sources, fictionalized biographies, and published correspondence, these books provide speculative and generally accurate portraits of remarkable women. Occasionally marred by sloppy editing, sentimentality, and jarringly colloquial language, the books will, no doubt, find a place in school and public libraries where curriculum-supporting biographies and Accelerated Reader titles flourish. (Signature Lives: Revolutionary War Period). VOYA CODES: 2Q 1P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; No YA will read unless forced to for assignments; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Jamie S. Hansen
Children's Literature
This biography shows Martha as a devoted wife, mother, and gracious hostess. After marrying and having four children, her first husband died when she was 26. Two years later she married George Washington. Two of her children died when small, one died at 17, and the last son died after marrying and having four children. George and Martha raised the youngest two grandchildren. Although Martha was thrust into public life, she would have preferred a quiet lifestyle. She was hostess to an endless list of visitors. After retiring from the presidency, George wrote that he believed he and Martha would dine alone that night for the first time in 20 years. At the back is a time line with illustrations of Martha's life and other world events. There is a list of additional library resources, web sites, and a glossary. Source notes, a select bibliography, and an index provide further information. The text is enhanced by maps, etchings, paintings and photographs gathered from many sources. This title is part of the "Signature Lives" series. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Carlee Hallman
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Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.
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Table of Contents

"God Bless Lady Washington" 9
Young Martha Dandridge 17
A Fateful Meeting 25
Mount Vernon 31
Revolution 39
Valley Forge 59
Victory 67
First Lady 77
Home Again 89
Life and Times 96
Life at a Glance 102
Additional Resources 103
Glossary 105
Source Notes 107
Select Bibliography 108
Index 109
Image Credits 112
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