Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: What's The Big Deal About First Ladies & Giveaway

March is Women's History Month and what better way to celebrate than to learn about our First Ladies in the new book What's The Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and Matt Faulkner. This book includes many wonderful illustrations of our beautiful first ladies while sharing a bit about what they do as far as the work and life of post. Many of the former first ladies are featured and it is a very neat factual way to see a glimpse into the first ladies.

Book Description:

Following in the footsteps of So You Want to Be President?, this first book in a new series features fun, kid-friendly facts about America's First Ladies and shows young readers just why they're such a big deal.
Did you know that Mary Todd Lincoln played a huge role in fighting to end slavery? Or that Edith Wilson decoded secret messages from our allies during World War I? Or that Michelle Obama has led a nationwide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles for children?

Or how about fun facts: Did you know that Grace Coolidge had a pet raccoon? Or that Dolley Madison loved oyster ice cream? (And would later have a brand of ice cream named after her!)

In addition to being hostesses, ambassadors, activists, educators, historians and role-models, each first lady put her own stamp on the White House and her husband's presidency. Filled with fun, kid-friendly facts that bring each First Lady to life on the page, this picture book written by a member of a former first lady's staff, shows us just how much our nation's first ladies have accomplished from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama.

Blog Stops:

3/1 – In Random – Nancy Reagan
3/5 – Gravity Bread – Grace Coolidge
3/9 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Mary Todd Lincoln
3/13 – A Rup Life – Barbara Bush
3/15 – Novel Novice – Laura Bush
3/16 – Homeschool 4 Life – Abigail Adams
3/20 – Pray Species – Claudia Alta Johnson
3/21 – All Done Monkey – Dolley Madison
3/23 – YA Book Central – Michelle Obama
3/24 – Coquette Maman – Jackie Kennedy

Enter to WIN a copy of What's The Big Deal About First Ladies!

By David Valdez, White House Photo Office ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Married to our 41st President George H.W. Bush
  • Major White House Project was Literacy
  • Founded Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
  • Mother of 6
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  1. Sarah Polk didn’t let anyone dance in the White House while she was first lady

  2. I learned that she dropped out of Smith College to marry George H.W. Bush.

  3. I learned she is a mother of 6! I think women's history month is a great idea :)


  4. Her major project was literacy. In a day and age that it shameful that so many can't even spell, maybe we should do more about this still. It's interesting for Women's History Month, but I think they should highlight inventors and scientists, and things like that, instead of politicians.

  5. I learned that the featured first lady (Barbara Bush) major project when she was in the White House was literacy.

  6. Her ajor White House Project was Literacy.


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