Fritz ( Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! ) here presents a brisk, highly accessible biography of James Madison. Sickly as a child, Madison was a short, frail man with a wispy, small voice. His successes in incorporating personal freedoms into a reasonably strong centralized government and his enormous appetite for work earned him the sobriquet "great." Madison's shyness and difficulty with public speaking were drawbacks during the politician's early days in Virginia government--as was the enmity of a powerful Patrick Henry--but behind-the-scenes speaking effectiveness and voluminous, well-reasoned writings more than compensated. In her characteristic way of bringing history to life, Fritz writes in a highly engaging, entertaining manner, providing vivid descriptions of Madison's close friendship with Thomas Jefferson; his long and apparently happy marriage to Dolly; the infighting during the creation of the Constitution; the patience with which our fourth president dealt with an unreasonable England, leading to the war of 1812--and that war's defeats and victories. Ages 10-up.
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Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.
Did a book report on this book. It was perfect for what we needed.Published 5 months ago by Natalie Ann McElmeel
Great book on history! Teen daughter learned a lot for her history class!Published 9 months ago by Re. viewer
I am pleased that this octogenarian adult "discovered" Jean Fritz and her book, The Greatest Little Madison. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by S. Bennett Whipple
James Madison was a small and quiet man. Nonetheless, he was very intelligent. In The Great Little Madison, Jean Fritz doesn't open up that intelligence enough. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Jim
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That would be "duel" between Hamilton and Burr, Publius, not "dual".Published on May 1, 2006 by Yekdeli