Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

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Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps.

From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She ...

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Overview

Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps.

From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers.

In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.

A biography of Lady Bird Johnson who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
“ … colorful pictures add sparkle to the work.”
Grand Rapids Press
“ … a colorful and readable account … ”
Austin American-Statesman
“ … Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations … will captivate readers of all ages.…”
Houston Chronicle
“Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations for the picture book give readers an easy lesson in wildflower identification.…”
Booklist
“ … children will pore enthusiastically over her riotous, millefleur landscapes, each bloom… meticulously rendered … ”
Orlando Sentinel
“Joy Hein’s spectacular paintings veritably burst off the page.”
Dallas Morning News
“ … colorful pictures add sparkle to the work.”
Orlando Sentinel
“Joy Hein’s spectacular paintings veritably burst off the page.”
Booklist
“ … children will pore enthusiastically over her riotous, millefleur landscapes, each bloom… meticulously rendered … ”
Houston Chronicle
“Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations for the picture book give readers an easy lesson in wildflower identification.…”
Grand Rapids Press
“ … a colorful and readable account … ”
Austin American-Statesman
“ … Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations … will captivate readers of all ages.…”
Kirkus Reviews
This warmly attractive volume tells a graceful braid of stories: the life of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of a president; the tale of a lonely child who found solace in the landscape and flora of east Texas; and the work of a First Lady who sought to bring beauty of the wilder sort into the highways of America. Lady Bird grew up in a rich and privileged household, but she lost her mother before she was six. She went to college-unusual for a woman in 1930-and there met and married Lyndon, following him on a political trajectory that led to Congress, the vice-presidency and then to president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. She filled Washington with more cherry trees and with the daffodils she had loved as a child and urged the passing of the Highway Beautification Act. Now, more than 30 years later, interstate highways are free of junkyards and an endless procession of signs; instead, the native wildflowers Lady Bird loves are growing everywhere. Hein's delicate pictures are in bright, clear colors and her flowers instantly recognizable in broad vistas and intimate close-ups. (author's notes, endnotes, bibliography including Web sites) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060011079
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 699,569
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathi Appelt is the award-winning author of many children's books, including Bat Jamboree, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Incredible Me!, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ms. Appelt teaches creative writing to both children and adults and lives in College Station, Texas.

Joy Fisher Hein is an artist, designer, and illustrator in the Texas Hill Country, where she lives with her husband. They are the parents of three wonderful, creative children. Joy has been painting and gardening all her life, at her mother's or grandmother's side, and is a certified Texas Master Naturalist.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Claudia Alta Taylor was born on December 22, 1912 in Texas. Her

    Claudia Alta Taylor was born on December 22, 1912 in Texas. Her nanny called her Lady Bird because she was pretty. This book tells the life of Lady Bird Johnson from her birth to her days in school to marrying Lyndon B Johnson and becoming the First Lady of the United States. Lady Bird Johnson with the help of her husband was able to get Congress to pass the "Highway Beautification Act" which cleaned up all the roads across America and planted wildflowers in the trash and junk's place.

    Why I liked this book - This is a great Nonfiction book! I like that it taught me about a person I didn't know about - "Lady Bird" Johnson (I think maybe a lot of kids don't know who she was). She was more than the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson (Heeeyy... I just realized! Both of their initials are "L.B.J." :) ). I liked learning about the National Wildflower Research Center that Lady Bird started and how they try to preserve wildflowers and birds. The story of her life is told in a nice way that was interesting to me. The story is pretty long and is a good picture book for older kids, but I think it would make a great read aloud for parents and kids. The illustrations are marvelous! When I was reading the book I thought the pictures really made me calm.
    *NOTE I reviewed a library copy of this book

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