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A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison (Picture Book Biography) School & Library Binding – January 12, 2009

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Grade 3–5—Adler's picture-book biography focuses mainly on the War of 1812, but also mentions Madison's contributions to the Constitution and the creation of the three branches of government. Although this is a biography of the couple, there is more specific information on James Madison than on Dolley. Still, readers do learn some interesting facts about her, such as how she rescued a portrait of George Washington while the Executive Mansion burned. Adler's writing is clear yet not oversimplified, and is without fictionalization. An interesting book to read while studying the Constitution and the different branches of government, this is a reliable source for students to kick-start their presidential and/or governmental history research as well as a good choice for general reading.—Sarah O'Holla, Village Community School, New York City
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About the Author

DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York.

David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler have collaborated on several books in the Picture Book Biography series. "A Picture" "Book of John" and "Abigail Adams" was called "impressive" by "Kirkus Reviews". Both authors live in New York State.

Ronald Himler has illustrated many fine books for children, including "The Log Cabin Quilt" by Ellen Howard, winner of the Christopher Award; and "Fly Away Home" and "The Wall," both by Eve Bunting and both American Library Association Notable Books for Children and "School Library Journal" Best Books of the Year. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Book Biography
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (January 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420094
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah P. Aldridge on January 10, 2012
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
I teach patriotic music to 3rd graders. Every year we do a Veterans Day Program. After learning "The Star Spangled Banner" and other patriotic songs, I like to teach a little bit of history of each song - consequently the war of 1812 and president John Adams with his wife Dolley.

According to the title, this is a "picture book." While there are many, many pictures, this book is really no more than a long listing of facts about Dolley and James Madison. In my opinion, you can actually relate too many facts and miss the STORY.

I was very disappointed in this book. The author has forgotten what it means to be a child. I would also say that, while the grammar is for lower grades, the content is really meant for older children. This book does not hold their interest, nor does it have an engaging story.

I would not buy this book for younger grades.
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