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Dolley Madison Saves George Washington
ISBN: 9780544582446
Author: Brown, Don
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2015
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: With the war getting closer to her home with each passing day, Dolley Madison fears that the time has come to move away, but refusing to let the English destroy her portrait of George Washington, she takes it with her and saves a piece of American history in the process. 15,000 first printing.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
Library of Congress Subjects:
Presidents' spouses; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Presidents' spouses.
Women; Biography.
Dewey: 973.5/1092
LCCN: bl2015038302
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 12.50" W
Bargain Category: Reference, Presidents & Wives, Picture Books, History, Early Elementary, Art/Music
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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Contributor Bio(s):
Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.” He lives in New York with his family.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
This picture book biography focuses on a particular incident in the First Lady's life: during the War of 1812, Dolley rescued the Gilbert Stuart life-size portrait of George Washington from the soon-to-be-burned President's Mansion. Brown's fine-lined pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations don't shy away from the harsh realities of battle and post-Revolutionary War life but nevertheless maintain a sly, light tone. Bib. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

K-Gr 4— Known for her "beauty, her stunning gowns, and her delightful banquets," Dolley Madison first served as the premier Washington, DC, hostess while her husband, James Madison, was secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson because the president was a widower. She continued to throw "wonderful dinner parties" during her husband's subsequent eight-year presidency. While First Lady, she redecorated the President's Mansion, ensuring that Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington was prominently displayed. However, it was during the War of 1812 that she earned the gratitude of her nation when, despite the fact that the 100 soldiers assigned to protect the mansion ran off, she bravely remained behind to make sure that the painting as well as important government documents were saved from otherwise certain destruction by British forces. Pen and ink and watercolors effectively depict the simplicity and roughness of Colonial life and convey with humor the spirit of the time and characters; however, the facial features are for the most part bland. An author's note provides additional information about Stuart and Dolley Madison. Readers will enjoy this exciting picture-book biography of an important First Lady.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

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