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Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America Hardcover – February 15, 2005

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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)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (February 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060011076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060011079
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a picture book type biography of First Lady Bird Johnson. First we learn of her childhood. We learn that her nanny gave her the nickname ladybird. She was playing with her one day and said she was as pretty as a Lady Bird and the name stuck. We then learn that her mother died after a tragic accident. She fell down the stairs and never recovered from her injuries. Her father then tried to raise Lady Bird on his own but he wanted a better life for his daughter. He asked one of her aunts to come and help take care of her. Aunt Effie came and shared her love of flowers with Lady Bird. As Lady Bird grew up she meet and married Lyndon Johnson who later became the president of the United States after Kennedy was shot. As First Lady she worked hard to help the nation heal from the shock of losing Kennedy. She knew how much flowers meant to her and how much join they brought to her life so she decided to share them with the world. She set our on a campaign of her own to plant wild flowers along the interstates.

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At the end of the book were pictures and titles of various wild flowers. Some of them I had never heard of before. I learned a lot about wildflowers through this book.
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Another excellent best of '06 selection from American Horticulture Society. Our garden club gave this book to a 3rd grade classroom in an effort to encourage our youth to take care of the earth. The illustrations are a joy and the message is what we need to be spreading.
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When the Bluebonnets bloom in the spring, is a wonderful time to read Miss Ladybird's Wildflowers. Almost forgotten, Lady Bird Johnson had a huge impact on our environment. This would be great for EARTH DAY. Kathi's writing reads beautifully, and I have used this book in my library for a read aloud. I was surprised how many of our young teachers didn't know who Lady Bird was. Lady Bird helped to beautify our highways by eliminating billboards and seeding wildflowers. The real bonus in the book is the chart of wildflowers on the last page, and then to have students find them on the pages, as they are woven thoughout the splendid illustrations. You will not be disappointed and I hope it will be a must for all libraries.
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Author Kathi Appelt and illustrator Joy Fisher Hein have put together a beautifully illustrated childrens book about the life and legacy of Lady Bird Johnson. A wonderful story highlighted with beautiful illustrations tell the story of this unique and important lady in American History that children will long remember. If you don't know the story of Lady Bird Johnson and the legacy she left about her beautiful wildflowers that enhance the beauty of Texas and the United States then I recommend this book for you and your children. Joy Fisher Hein has done a beautiful job painting scenes of Lady Bird in the wildflowers she loved so much. The front cover shows Lady Bird in her famous flower-gardening hat with a boquet of flowers. The rest of the cover shows the Texas Blue Bonnets, thistles, panzy's, buttercups and other wildflowers that Lady Bird loved. The story of Lady Bird Johnson begins with her birth in Karnak, Texas. From their the author tells of how she met Lyndon Johnson, their life in Washington D.C., when he became President, their life on the LBJ Ranch, and the life of Lady Bird after LBJ passed away, how she and actress Helen Hayes started the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, and the book also illustrates a few of the flowers you will find at the center.
What a wonderful childrens book this is! It is the PERFECT introduction about the wonderful life of Lady Bird Johnson. It was published in 2005,a few years before her death in 2007, and I know she would of had a smile on her face as she reviewed this outstanding book!
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Claudia Alta Taylor was born on December 22, 1912 in Texas. Her nanny called her Lady Bird because she was pretty. This book tells the life of Lady Bird Johnson from her birth to her days in school to marrying Lyndon B Johnson and becoming the First Lady of the United States. Lady Bird Johnson with the help of her husband was able to get Congress to pass the "Highway Beautification Act" which cleaned up all the roads across America and planted wildflowers in the trash and junk's place.

Why I liked this book - This is a great Nonfiction book! I like that it taught me about a person I didn't know about - "Lady Bird" Johnson (I think maybe a lot of kids don't know who she was). She was more than the wife of Lyndon B. Johnson (Heeeyy... I just realized! Both of their initials are "L.B.J." :) ). I liked learning about the National Wildflower Research Center that Lady Bird started and how they try to preserve wildflowers and birds. The story of her life is told in a nice way that was interesting to me. The story is pretty long and is a good picture book for older kids, but I think it would make a great read aloud for parents and kids. The illustrations are marvelous! When I was reading the book I thought the pictures really made me calm.
*NOTE I reviewed a library copy of this book
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Kathi Appelt honors the first lady and reminds us that Lady Bird Johnson changed the way we look at the landscape. Joy Fisher Hein's joyful illustrations capture the beauty of the flowers and Lady Bird's gracious and loving spirit. Check out Hein's website to see the thank you letter she had from Mrs. Johnson about the book. Based on the number of copies I have cataloged at various libraries I know that this book has joined dePaola's The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush as a must-have in every school library in Texas.

As I reflected on Mrs. Johnson's passing this week I recalled that this past spring was one of the longest seasons for flowers that I could ever remember, and I've lived here a long time. Maybe it was the rainy spring weather or maybe it was just a last glorious burst of color to honor her. I do know that she left us a precious gift.
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