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The Great Little Madison
     

The Great Little Madison

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by Jean Fritz
 

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In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact. uAn excellent, fascinating,

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In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact. uAn excellent, fascinating, indispensable resource. --Kirkus Reviews, pointer review The book is rich in the sort of detail that illuminates the man, but is not limited to personal information; a great deal of government history is woven into the biography. --Horn Book, starred review Fritz has given a vivid picture of the man and an equally vivid picture of the problems that faced the leaders of the new nation in the formative years. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review Young readers will feel like they know the ‘Great Little Madison’ very well. --School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fritz ( Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! ) here presents a brisk, highly accessible biography of James Madison. Sickly as a child, Madison was a short, frail man with a wispy, small voice. His successes in incorporating personal freedoms into a reasonably strong centralized government and his enormous appetite for work earned him the sobriquet ``great.'' Madison's shyness and difficulty with public speaking were drawbacks during the politician's early days in Virginia government--as was the enmity of a powerful Patrick Henry--but behind-the-scenes speaking effectiveness and voluminous, well-reasoned writings more than compensated. In her characteristic way of bringing history to life, Fritz writes in a highly engaging, entertaining manner, providing vivid descriptions of Madison's close friendship with Thomas Jefferson; his long and apparently happy marriage to Dolly; the infighting during the creation of the Constitution; the patience with which our fourth president dealt with an unreasonable England, leading to the war of 1812--and that war's defeats and victories. Ages 10-up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Fritz's biography of fourth president James Madison is a pleasure to read. She makes the soft-spoken, shy man and his flamboyant wife Dolley both interesting and accessible. Even more useful, Fritz illuminates two of the rarely studied milestones of our country's early history: the chaotic period during which the very young United States was run by the Continental Congress, and the War of 1812. The prints and engravings are well chosen, and the concluding notes, bibliography, and index most useful. 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399217685
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/28/1989
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017.

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Great Little Madison 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a well written biography and history that touches the highlights of our nation's beginning. It briefly rounds up many of the top political players of the time. The focus is on the strength of Madison's commitment to his nation, a commitment that helped him to overcome his physical weaknesses. It shows behind the scenes activities that go into the making of history. The author used deft stokes to show how Madison became great by overcoming his small stature and weak voice through the greatness of his commitment.
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