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Gr. 1-3. Causes celebres are as commonplace among First Ladies as red suits and pearls, but few are as accessible to children as the wildflower-planting campaigns of Lady Bird Johnson. Appelt traces Johnson's botanical passions to her rural, East Texas childhood, finding parallels between the solace her subject drew from nature after her mother's death and her launch of the Highway Beautification Act to soothe a nation grieving for JFK. Psychological correlations of this sort appear throughout, and Appelt doesn't provide specific evidence to back them up; however, source citations for quotations and bibliographic resources are listed. Newcomer Hein's figures are awkwardly handled, but children will pore enthusiastically over her riotous, millefleur landscapes, each bloom so meticulously rendered that bluebells can be distinguished from bluebonnets by using the identification key provided. This is ideally suited for children lucky enough to attend schools where gardens are part of the curriculum; elsewhere, a stroll through Hein's stunning gouache meadowlands may be the next best thing. An endnote describes the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center that Johnson founded in 1982. Jennifer Mattson
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“ … children will pore enthusiastically over her riotous, millefleur landscapes, each bloom… meticulously rendered … ” (Booklist)
“This warmly attractive volume tells a graceful braid of stories … Hein’s delicate pictures are in bright, clear colors … ” (Kirkus Reviews)
“ … colorful pictures add sparkle to the work.” (Dallas Morning News)
“ … a colorful and readable account … ” (Grand Rapids Press)
“Joy Hein’s spectacular paintings veritably burst off the page.” (Orlando Sentinel)
“ … Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations … will captivate readers of all ages.…” (Austin American-Statesman)
“Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations for the picture book give readers an easy lesson in wildflower identification.…” (Houston Chronicle)
This book is more of a history lesson the the story I hoped it would be. Death of her mother, assassination of Kennedy,and death of her husband Lyndon B. Johnson. Read morePublished 18 months ago by karen smith
I purchased this book because one our visiting granddaughters found it in our local library and loved it. When they left, I ordered the book. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Nancy S. Underwood
I bought this book for my momma, a life-long fan of wildflowers and children. She teaches Sunday school in a rural Texas town and shared this book with her 3 year olds, emphasizing... Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Kimberly Schroeder
I used this beautiful picture book to prepare my lesson for Garden Club. The Garden Club liked it so much that we purchased it for the local Grade School library.Published on May 24, 2012 by Mary Clinton