What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner

  What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and illustrated by Matt Faulkner, Philomel Books, 9780399547249, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? This fact filled book shows just how important first ladies were in the development of the United States. From Mary Todd Lincoln, who hated slavery and helped to end it to Edith Wilson, who helped decode secret messages during World War I, first ladies have had a memorable impact on the presidency. The book doesn’t follow a chronological order, but instead has titles such as Where have they traveled, What have they taught us and What have they stood up for. The pages are jammed with drawings and facts about the first ladies. The book highlights first ladies across the decades showing how their jobs as hostesses, defenders of women’s rights and advisors to the president helped shape the landscape of today. This book clarifies the misunderstanding that some have that first ladies are just show pieces standing next to their husbands.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 8 and older will like reading the book, as well as teachers and parents. It’s a great resource book to have in a history class for elementary school aged children.

Who should buy this book? Public school libraries, elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it ? history

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher,

Washington, D.C.

Date of review: April 10, 2017


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