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The Great Little Madison (Unforgetable Americans) Paperback – February 23, 1998
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In any case, Jean Fritz' book is an excellent choice for adults as well as children.
I would reccomend this book for older primary, even lower-level High School students. The story is enlightening, and inspiring for all Americans, young and old.
Granted, this book is written to give an account of the times and tribulations of James Madison, but let's be serious--For a 10 year old? It is wordy and redundant for even this 40+ year old mother. I read 2 chapters aloud to my son and found myself having to stop mid-paragraph to figure out what I was saying more times than not.
Review and categorize this book for what it is -- a historical biography. And in the words of my son, "I'm trying to read it, but I can't get hooked."
Perhaps for someone interested in learning about James Madison's life, this would be a good book. However, it is flooded with intricate, unnecessary, and meticulous details and useless information. For a child with difficulties sorting out the important sections of the book from the unimportant ones, this was an awful choice. Examples of unneeded information included Mr. Madison's former love interest who later broke his heart before marrying Dolley Madison and the whole story behind that, and the nickname that her spoiled son had been given as a result of his brattiness (it is "Precious Payne," by the way, since he was named Payne), and much, much more. I know for a fact that other reviewers have commented on this same issue. My mother actually had to sit down and help me sort out the important details from the unnecessary ones to incorporate into my book report. I am certain that there are better biographies detailing the life of James Madison available for children, and am sure that you will find some if you look hard enough. But if you're only considering buying this just because you need book report information, like me, this really is not good for you unless you want to learn every miniscule detail involved in this man's life.
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This was an interesting reading tool for my 11 year old son. This was a book we had to purchase for his social studies school project. Worked out well.Published 5 months ago by SH
Did a book report on this book. It was perfect for what we needed.Published 17 months ago by Natalie Ann McElmeel
Great book on history! Teen daughter learned a lot for her history class!Published 20 months ago by Nyaht
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