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Dolley Madison: First Lady

Dolley Madison: First Lady

by Cynthia Fitterer Klingel, Robert B. Noyed, Cynthia Klingel

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Children's Literature
Dolley Payne was born to a North Carolina Quaker family in 1768. After moving to Philadelphia as a teen, she met and eventually married John Todd, Jr. He and one of their two children died in the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793. The following year she married James Madison, who was a congressman from Virginia. She served as a hostess for the widower Thomas Jefferson during the eight years of his presidency, and then as First Lady during Madison's two terms as President. She was considered to be an outstanding and fashionable hostess, and remained so even after Madison's death in 1836. She is credited with heroically rescuing valuable documents and the Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington from the White House just before the building was burned by the British during the War of 1812. This brief biography chronicles Dolley's life and includes informative sidebars about James Madison, Montpelier, the Madison home, and the White House fire. Photographs and period illustrations are included on every page. The book also includes a timeline, a glossary, an index, and a short list of references, and places to visit. The only Web site mentioned is the publisher's Web page which then links to three Dolley Madison sites. The publisher promises to keep the links list up to date. If so, this would be an improvement over links included in the text of a book, which have the potential to quickly become outdated. This interesting book, one of the series "Our People," is a welcome addition to the rather limited field of lower reading level biographies. 2003, Child's World,
— Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Both Ross and Madison give basic information about their subjects, describing them as strong, brave, and good at their jobs-seamstress and hostess, respectively. As serviceable biographies, the titles have sufficient information for reports, and are lively enough for recreational reading. The illustrations are mainly colorful reproductions of artworks. These books give a good picture of the personal lives of these women-their hardships and frustrations, and how they faced serious problems, most of which were created by the tumultuous times in which they lived. Similar in scope and reading level, but a little more detailed, is Susan Martins Miller's Betsy Ross: American Patriot (Chelsea, 2000). The same is true of Patricia Ryon Quiri's Dolley Madison (Watts, 1993; o.p.), although it has the wrong date for one of the photos.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Child's World, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Spirit of America: Our People Series
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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