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A Kids' Guide to America's First Ladies
Contributor(s): Krull, Kathleen, Divito, Anna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062381075     ISBN-13: 9780062381071
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2017
Annotation: A latest entry in the popular series uses age-appropriate biographies, engaging anecdotes and eye-catching sidebars to introduce America's first ladies and how they helped advance women's rights, political causes and other important progressive changes. Simultaneous and eBook. 15,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Presidents' spouses; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Presidents' spouses; Political activity; United States; Juvenile literature.
First ladies.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Dewey: 973.09/9
LCCN: bl2016056982
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Kids' Guide to American History
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.75 lbs) 238 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71441
Reading Level: 10.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
This follow-up to Krull's A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights includes brief biographies of all the U.S. First Ladies, including Melania Trump. Krull discusses each woman's background, view of their role, and contributions made, with additional sidebar anecdotes. An interwoven timeline also traces the advancement of women's rights during America's history. The casual prose and amusing grayscale illustrations make this a kid-friendly introduction. Bib., ind. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 November)
Gr 4–6—Krull covers 45 first ladies in compact style, with tidbits readers will find intriguing. Abigail Adams hung laundry inside the White House, putting the presidential underclothes on view. Anna Harrison had 10 children. At one point, Jackie Kennedy and her kids had nine dogs in the White House. Krull isn't afraid to mention issues like slave ownership and infidelity, although with about five pages per figure, the profiles tend to stay on the surface. Each chapter is accompanied by at least one full-page illustration, and boxed highlights appear every few pages. A chronological "Women Break Through" time line appears periodically, noting events such as Harriet Tubman's activities with the Underground Railroad, the founding of the League of Women Voters, and Sandra Day O'Connor's appointment to the Supreme Court. The book is set to include 2016 election results. Students who have enjoyed Krull's "Giants of Science" series will recognize her middle grade—friendly mix of facts and humor. VERDICT Krull brings to life the diverse personalities of her subjects and shines light on lesser-known first ladies who may not have dedicated middle grade biographies of their own.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.