What's the Big Deal About First Ladies (Paperback)

What's the Big Deal About First Ladies By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator) Cover Image

What's the Big Deal About First Ladies (Paperback)

By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)


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In this chapter book filled with fun facts and historical trivia about first ladies, civic-minded young readers learn just how important it is to "Remember the ladies!" and all they have done for America. A perfect way to start a conversation about the White House and the people who live there with young readers.

Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln hated slavery and helped to end it in America? Or that Edith Wilson helped decode secret messages during World War I? How about that Sarah Polk didn't let anyone dance in the White House while she was first lady?

It's true! In addition to being hostesses, advocates, ambassadors, activists, patriots, and role models, each first lady put her own stamp on the White House--and on our country. In this fun-filled, fact-filled book, you can find out just what made each first lady unique and why they were so important. As it turns out, first ladies are a pretty big deal after all! 

This entertaining, fact-filled book, perfect for fans of the Who Was series and Rad American Women from A-Z, is a great entry point to discussing all aspects of the White House with children.

With full-color illustrations throughout and a timeline of first ladies and additional reading resources at the end, this book is a perfect introduction to the amazing first ladies throughout American history.
Ruby Shamir (www.rubyshamir.com) worked at the White House for three and a half years, two of which she served in the First Lady’s office. Later, she led Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York Senate office. Ruby Shamir now works as a writer and literary researcher in the Bronx, NY, where she lives with her husband and three children. Follow Ruby on Twitter @ruby_shamir.
Matt Faulkner (www.mattfaulkner.com) is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator with thirty-nine books to his credit. He is married to author and children's librarian Kris Remenar, and they live with their two children and two cats in the lower right hand corner of Michigan. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattfaulkner1.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593114834
ISBN-10: 0593114833
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: What's The Big Deal About
Praise for What's the Big Deal About First Ladies:

★ "A breezy way to, as Abigail Adams urged, 'remember the ladies.'" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This title does an excellent job of highlighting the important roles that these women played throughout history....A delightful introduction to America’s first ladies for elementary U.S. history collections." --School Library Journal 

"Packed with interesting facts and illustrated with style, this upbeat overview of America’s First Ladies will entertain kids intrigued by history." --Booklist