Ladies, First: Common Threads

Ladies, First: Common Threads

by Debra Scala Giokas
Ladies, First: Common Threads

Ladies, First: Common Threads

by Debra Scala Giokas


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LADIES, FIRST celebrates 18 first ladies who, at one point in their lives, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, cross-stitched, or sewed. Their inspirational stories will encourage an appreciation of craft and creativity, patience and perseverance, sacrifice and service, and most of all, the role of the first lady in the history of the United States of America.

Did you know that...

Dolley Madison sewed clothes for orphans and served as a directress of an orphanage for girls.

Grace Coolidge crocheted the blanket on the Lincoln bed in the White House and had a collection of animals including a raccoon.

Edith Roosevelt cross-stitched a sampler of Theodore Roosevelt's life and renovated the White House.

Lou Henry Hoover knitted baby blankets and was the first woman to earn a degree in geology from Stanford University.

Eleanor Roosevelt knitted sweaters for the troops and was a humanitarian.

Barbara Bush needlepointed a rug in 17 countries and 36 states and promoted literacy.

This unique look at 18 first ladies, from Martha Washington to Abigail Adams to Ida McKinley to Edith Wilson to Barbara Bush, will help readers touch history with a museum-like experience. Each inspiring story gives a glimpse into the minds and hearts of these historic women, threaded together by pictures of needlework and other fascinating images and photos. Learn about these first ladies' lives, challenges and accomplishments and become inspired to create and make the world a better place, too.

Also includes places to travel in the United States or virtually to learn more about the first ladies and their important place in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736725443
Publisher: Chandelier Street
Publication date: 06/02/2022
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Debra Scala Giokas is a marketing communications professional. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she is the author of a picture book about the American fashion designer, Claire McCardell. An avid crocheter herself, she is a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America. She lives on Long Island in New York with her husband and their dog. To stay in touch, visit
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