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Wow! What a great surprise when I received this great book in the mail from Penguin Random House! I absolutely LOVE American history, so you can imagine how fast I rushed to open the pages of this great book.
What's the Big Deal About First Ladies written by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner is truly a wonderful book for anyone to read to learn more about what happens in the White House beyond what the president does. This isn't your usual history book. It's far from boring! I couldn't stop reading it. I even showed it to my mom who wouldn't stop reading it until she was completely through it!
This book is separated into sections, like: What's the First Lady's Job, But It's Cool to Live in the White House, Right?, and What are Other Ways First Ladies Have Stood Up for People?, just to name a few. There is some great information about the general "job" of being the First Lady as well as some fun trivia facts about some of them. I have listed some of the fun facts below:
* Nellie Taft was the first first lady to ride with her husband after he took his oath of office promising to serve the country faithfully.
* Because of a ban on alcoholic drinks at the White House, Lucy Hayes later got nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy".
* Movers were shocked one day to find Jackie Kennedy - only ever seen in the most elegant clothes - wearing jeans and a sweater to haul and unpack heavy antiques from the back of a truck.
* Nancy Reagan urged kids to "Just Say No" to drugs that would harm their bodies.
* Carrie Harrison helped make sure that John Hopkins School of Medicine accepted women as students so that they could become doctors.
Don't those facts make you look a little differently at our First Ladies?
As part of our Month Long Tour at Penguin Random House for Women's History
Month, I was given the opportunity to explore a little deeper into one of my favorite first ladies, Abigail Adams.
Abigail Adams by Gilbert Stuart
I chose Abigail Adams because we just finished, in our homeschool, going through all of the episodes of Liberty's Kids for our study on the Revolutionary War.
~ Abigail Smith (Adams) was born in November 1744 and died October 1818.
~ She was married to our 1st Vice President and 2nd President, John Adams.
~ She is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses.
~ In one of her more famous letters she implores her husband and his colleagues, all of whom were male, to, "...remember the ladies . . .If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."
~ She had given birth to 6 children.
~ She was not at her husband's inauguration because she was taking care of his dying mother.
~ She was the first first lady to live in the White House.
Go and check out the other posts in this Book Tour!
3/1 – In Random – Nancy Reagan
3/5 – Gravity Bread – Grace Coolidge
3/9 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Mary Todd Lincoln
3/13 – A Rup Life – Barbara Bush
3/15 – Novel Novice – Laura Bush
3/20 – Pray Species – Claudia Alta Johnson
3/21 – All Done Monkey – Dolley Madison
3/24 – Coquette Maman – Jackie Kennedy