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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 A. Adler is the author of nearly 200 books for children. He was a New York City mathematics teacher for nine years before becoming inspired to write his first book. When his wife gave birth to their first child, David stayed home to take care of his son and to write, which he has been doing ever since. He lives in Queens, NY with his wife Renee.

Ronald Himler has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including The Lily Cupboard by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim, Hook Moon Night by Faye Gibbons, and The Wall and Fly Away Home, both by Eve Bunting. His work also appears in art galleries throughout the Southwest, where he is highly acclaimed for his portrayal of the Plains Indians. Mr. Himler lives in the desert just outside 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: #1,049,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah P. Aldridge on January 10, 2012
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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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