First Mothers by Beverly Gherman

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Did you know that Thomas Jefferson's mother ran a plantation by herself, or that Abraham Lincoln's mother was a wrestler? James Madison's mom called him "Jemmy" and made his shirts while he went to college, and Woodrow Wilson created Mother's Day to celebrate all mothers--especially his. Join Beverly Gherman and Julie Downing in this celebration of the women behind the White House.  Gherman delightfully dishes fun facts about each mother, and Downing's lively illustrations are sure to enthrall and entertain.

About Beverly Gherman

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Beverly Gherman has written biographies about authors, dancers, presidents, scientists, and artists. Her engaging child-accessible style has won her many fans and many awards, including a California Library Beatty Award, a Booklist Editor's Choice, an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor, a Smithsonian Notable Book, and an Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Beverly lives in San Francisco. Julie Downing has written and/or illustrated over 30 picture books. For Clarion, she has illustrated The Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, among others. Her books have received a Parents' Choice Award and a New York Public Library Best Books Award. She lives in San Francisco, California. For more information visit
Published September 11, 2012 by Clarion Books. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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The watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations are bland, with many women looking identical, the passage of time marked only by changes in fashions, hairstyles and “props.” There’s not much for kids about presidential mothers, and at least this book covers every White House resident so far.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of First Mothers

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Franklin Pierce's mother loved to shock her Puritan neighbors in New Hampshire "by wearing bright colors and skirts short enough to show her ankles."

Aug 27 2012 | Read Full Review of First Mothers

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