Press: DK CHILDREN (March 16, 2009)
Author Name:Pastan, Amy
First Ladies is an updated edition of DK's classic look at America's first ladies, the book will be updated to include information about the first lady who moved into the White House in 2009, Michelle Obama.
The folks at DK have almost single-handedly rejuvenated if not reinvented the often moribund world of non-fiction books for children.
[Eyewitness series] (Newsweek) ...a mini museum between the covers of a book.
[Eyewitness series] (The New York Times) These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers.
[Eyewitness series] (School Library Journal) ...a fascinating guide...
(Kansas City Star)
About the Author
Amy Pastan is a professional writer and editor of books on American history, fine arts, and photography for both adults and children.
During her distinguished 20-year career in publishing, she has developed and produced award-winning titles for the Smithsonian Institution as well as for other museums and institutions throughout the US.
Her most recent titles included Thomas Jefferson: Genius of Liberty, Lure of the West, and Young America.
She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons.
--This text refers to an alternate Library Binding edition.
Children's Books,Biographies,U. S. Presidents & First Ladies,Women,Political
PDF Download And Online Read: First Ladies (DK Eyewitness Books)
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- Great resource book! Thank you!
- First Ladies have always interested me, and I thought this Eyewitness book was a wonderful book on the topic. It has a page or two on every First Lady since Martha Washington-maybe more if the First Lady was extremely popular. Good photographs of the First Ladies themselves, as well as their clothing and possessions, enhance the well-written text. The text not only focuses on the bare facts of each lady's life, but includes interesting facts and "personality sketches." "Eyewitness: First Ladies" taught me about many first ladies that I had never even heard of before, and it is a "must" for anyone interested in the topic.
- "How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself." -Anais Nin (1903-1977)Being a First Lady is undeniably challenging. Here, you will meet forty-four dynamic women who made their mark on the White House and the nation. In an "eyewitness" format, this guide explores their lives through stunning full-color photographs and brief summaries of their lives.You will soon gain a new respect for women who were willing to give up a simpler and less stressful existence to serve our nation.Find out how Martha Washington risked her life to travel thousands of miles from the comfort and security of her home to visit General Washington at his field headquarters and how she tended to the sick and even helped mend uniforms.See how calmly Dolley Madison handled the looting and burning of Washington and calmly kept her head in a crisis when having to relocate to temporary quarters.Through the ages, you see how the President's wives took more and more responsibilities and encouraged their husband's success.I also enjoyed all the pictures of the trinkets, designer gowns, campaign memorabilia, gifts and jewelry.A visual journey of the evolution of women in America.There is no boxmade by Godnor usBut that the sidescan be flattenedand the top blown offto make a dance flooron which tocelebrate life.- Kenneth Caraway~The Rebecca Review
- Lots of great photos and trivia facts. We've loved this and have done several evenings of 20 questions as we dress up as different First Ladies and try to guess which one the person is. Definitely a better way to learn. I also prefer this edition to the newer one- we prefer this layout.