Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
With strong women's roles in new great historical fiction like The Invention of Wings and Now and at the Hour of Our Death, this is a great complement and a must-have for little budding great women.

"Founding Mothers" takes a deep look into the women who made a profound difference in the shaping of America, from Martha Washington who made such a dramatic impact on her husband's soldiers, it's hard to say if they would have won the war without her to Deborah Franklin who ran the first US postal service while her husband was in Europe. Roberts also shines light on some aspects of colonial life which we may not already know, like the fact that slavery was legal throughout the colonies. We learn about Phillis Wheatley, who was taken from her parents in Africa when she was a little girl and sold into slavery in Boston. When her "ownders" realized how smart she was, they freed her and she went on to become an established writer.

This delightfully illustrated children's book will stir the imagination of all the young ladies who will posess it. This is a must have for future Founding Mothers!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon January 28, 2014
“Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies” illustrated by Diane Goode is picture book based on the popular and instructive book written by Cokie Roberts which bears the same name.

Roberts wrote a book that tells the story of Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, Eliza Pickney, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, Catherine Macaulay and other women of the American Revolution, which were much more than women of famous husbands that have marked American history.

Cokie Roberts has made extensive research in order to present a less known or unknown stories about their lives and what makes them special; and after her book achieved great success Roberts decided to discuss the same themes in the edition intended for children, of course, in a somewhat simplified form and with less detail, but with the results that are equally good.
Through the art of great illustrator Diane Goode, the author presents compelling stories of women in Revolution; though they did not fight with weapons in their hands while their fathers, brothers, husbands and sons did, they were still doing the important, brave and patriotic duties in a background.

So as much as “Founding Mothers” was a must read for any woman, this remake in the cartoon form will be a great read for school children and preteen generation that besides enabling them to learn something, will certainly interest them that once they grow up read this great book about the brave women and true patriots which changed history along with their men.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
What I like best about this book is that it can appeal to a wide range of people. Roberts does a great job of telling stories about people who we know by name--Martha Washington and Dolley Madison--but perhaps know little else about. I will admit to never having heard of Catharine Littlefield Greene and Sally Livingston Jay before reading this book. And we all need to appreciate and retell the amazing story of Phillis Wheatley.

This book is worth the price for Diane Goode's illustrations alone. The end pages are simply spectacular.

A great gift for anyone wanting to give a young girl or young woman--and boys need not be excluded--inspiration about the impact women had at the time of the American Revolution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes. Roberts traces the stories of heroic, patriotic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, and others. Details are gleaned from their letters, private journals, lists, and ledgers. The bravery of these women’s courageous acts contributed to the founding of America and spurred the founding fathers to make this a country that “remembered the ladies.”
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
Bought it for my eight year old daughter. This is a very slim book. While the content is an important contribution to the usual American history kids are exposed to, the writing fails to engage its targeted audience (if I'm correct in assuming this is for children).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
I have long been an ardent fan of Cokie Roberts and her “Founding Mothers (HarperCollins, 2005). A great companion read to this is Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” (Alfred Knopf, 2007). I often use these two books as references when I teach perspective in American history.

I have also been a long time and ardent fan of Diane Goode’s work. Her exquisite illustrations have graced some of my favorite books, including “When I Was Young in the Mountains,” by Cynthia Rylant (1982) When I heard that Goode was illustrating Roberts’ book, it thought it was a brilliant match. And I was right.

The book presents a collection of fascinating women biographies, showcasing their efforts and triumphs as they helped create a new nation. Goode’s pen and ink illustrations are reminiscent of the style and grace of colonial penmanship. Drawing from personal letters and diaries, every page is a true masterpiece. I love this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts with superb illustrations by Diane Goode is a book which should have been brought out many years ago. It is sad to note that there is a tendency to hype the contributions of men and ignore those of the ladies. On that count, Cokie Roberts has done a commendable job not only in bringing out this long overdue book, but also for having the thought of honoring and remembering the ladies who stories are included here.

The American Revolution was fought on two fronts - in the battlefields as well as in the homes. The ladies at home played vital and crucial roles, and their patriotism even outshone men who were fighting in the battlefields. The well researched book should shed new light on the contributions of these ladies, and it has to be remembered that the Revolution could not have been successful without them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2014
Gave this as a gift to my third grade granddaughter who had been studying about life in the 17 and 1800's in her NH town as it was during those years. Many of the early homes were opened to the children and the role of women in those years was often discussed. This is the perfect book to pave the way for pursuing further investigation into the lives of women who played not only a prominent role in our country's history but the role,and contributions,of all women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
Having read Founding Mothers, the adult version, I was anxious to get this book for my granddaughter who is 7 and very interested in history, particularly famous women. We read about a different founding mother every night and she was enthralled with both their lives and their courage. I recommend this to anyone who loves history and wants to share the many contributions made by our Founding Mothers. Great job, Ms. Roberts
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2014
I bought 2 of these great books to give at baby girl baby showers.
It's popular in my area to give a book with your gift.
I thought...this is so great to give little girls stories of strong women in American history!
I read it myself before giving it! Great book for baby and the family.
Cokie had done a book a few years ago that we bought on the same topic! It was great as well.
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