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Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps. From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2005)
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I have always liked Lady Bird Johnson. She was a classy First Lady, and let's face it, she must have had some kind of grit to live with and love Lyndon Baines Johnson (also someone I admire, and feel unease about in equal measure)!

This was a lovely biography of Mrs. Johnson, and it focused on how her love of nature, and flowers in particular, sustained her throughout her life. My grandmother and grandfather were gardeners, and their love of gardening has been passed down through three generation
May 24, 2008 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Lady Bird Johnson's life which resulted in the creation of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Texas. The theme of wildflowers is used beautifully throughout the book and is its heart. An engaging way to tell a true story.
Mar 20, 2017 Danette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It does make you want to go out and plant some flowers.
I do love when the freeways are lined with beautiful California Poppies.

3/20/2017 Read with Naomi & Julia.
Mar 14, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great kid's book talking about LadyBird Johnson and her love of wildflowers which led to the Highway Beautification Act.
Mar 10, 2017 Alenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, but 4 stars for the illustrations! They look just like an April day in the Hill Country of Texas. Gorgeous!
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America Written by Kathi Appelt & Illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein

What is the book about?
This book is about the life of Lady Bird Johnson. Her real name was Claudia Alta Taylor. The book tells the story of her life and her longtime love of wildflowers. As a little girl the author writes about how her mother had died at an early age. Because her father was busy with the business he needed to send for Aunt Effie to take care of his young da
Lisa Sandidge
Apr 11, 2016 Lisa Sandidge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story starts out with Claudia Alta Taylor being born in East Texas where there were beautiful flowers all over. She was given the nick name Lady Bird as a child. Her mother passed and her father was left to raise. Her father got help for Lady Bird's Aunt Effie with raising her and she taught Lady Bird all about wildflowers. When the time came she went off to college where she met her husband Lyndon. The two married and moved to Washington where Lydon became apart of the United States Congres ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Claudia Alta Taylor was born on December 22, 1912 in Texas. Her nanny called her Lady Bird because she was pretty. This book tells the life of Lady Bird Johnson from her birth to her days in school to marrying Lyndon B Johnson and becoming the First Lady of the United States. Lady Bird Johnson with the help of her husband was able to get Congress to pass the “Highway Beautification Act” which cleaned up all the roads across America and planted wildflowers in the trash and junk’s place.

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Shelby Rini
Apr 11, 2016 Shelby Rini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells a story about a girl named Claudia Alta Taylor who was nicknamed Lady Bird. Lady Bird grew up in East Texas in an isolated brick mansion. Growing up, she was always surrounded by nature and eventually learned to love it. Throughout her life, she came across many tragic losses and would plant flowers to feel better. Eventually, Lady Bird took this gift of hers into her own hands and planted flowers all around the roads of Washington and Texas, making the world look more beautiful ...more
This picture book about Lady Bird Johnson and her wildflowers has lovely illustrations that accentuate the wildflowers she loved, and there is even a fun page in the back with some wildflowers pictured with their names, for children to search for throughout the book. I read it aloud to younger children, but even older ones were interested. Just a couple little things to mention -- it speaks of Lady Bird in the beginning as though she's still alive, but she died in 2007, and at the end it says wh ...more
Mar 04, 2008 sarafem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladybird Johnson, Lyndon B.'s old lady, had an interesting life and made our highways pretty. Bully for her. No really, it's a great book, I kind of wondered if Miss Rumphius wasn't styled after her once I read this. I wanted to give it five stars but it had this one scene that just made the old broad look kind of crazy and didn't really go anywhere. Like apparently she loved wildflowers so much that she trespassed onto someone else's wildflower-covered property and threw herself in front of a t ...more
Ruth Ann
Jun 22, 2016 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a story but it is a biography. It shares that throughout her life, Lady Bird Johnson cherished wild flowers. As the first lady of our country, she planted lots of daffodils along the Potomac and championed the Highway Beautification Act which made the country a prettier place by planting native wildflowers along the roads, as well as removing unwanted signs and trash. Her living legacy is that she had an environmental vision and helped establish the National Wildflower Resea ...more
I really loved the illustrations in this book. The wildflowers are just gorgeous and I loved the illustration where Lady Bird was paddling in a canoe through the bayou. Seriously, the illustrations make this book worth studying and reading over and over. The text was also interesting and explained some of the difficulties as well as joys that Lady Bird experienced throughout her life that led to her creating the National Wildflower Research Center as well as working to get the Highway Beautifica ...more
Aug 27, 2007 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathi Appelt honored the first lady and reminded us that she changed the way we look at the landscape with her 2005 book, Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers. Joy Fisher Hein's joyful illustrations capture the beauty of the flowers and Lady Bird's gracious and loving spirit. Hein shares the thank you letter she had from Mrs. Johnson about the book on her website. Based on the number of copies I have cataloged at various libraries I know that this book has joined dePaola's in every school library in Tex ...more
Mrs. Tongate
A great read for Environmental Art to remind students to do their share to make their community a prettier place. Whenever you travel and see fields of wildflowers, be sure to wave to them and thank Miss Lady Bird.

Wildflowers: bluebell, bluebonnet, butterfly weed, common plantain, fire whelk, Indian paintbrush, pink evening primrose, purple coneflower, purple horse mint, rosebay rhododendron, yellow American lotus.
Jan 25, 2011 Benita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gorgeous illustrations--I read it after reading Miss Rumphius to the same kids in a fiction/nonfiction pairing about making the world more beautiful. Didn't even realize until recently that it had a picture puzzle integrated into the illustrations--with unnamed wildflowers (unnamed until the key at the end of the book) in illustrations throughout the book. Had fun going back and finding the flowers with the kids.
Dec 25, 2012 Jazzmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a beautiful book and a lovely portrayal of not only Lady Bird Johnson's life and passion for wildflowers, but of Texas. The illustrations in this book are absolutely enchanting... I got lost in the pages of colorful scenery, forests, and countryside.
It was really interesting learning about Lady Bird's life from her childhood to her later years and finding out some things I never knew about her story and what she did for America as far as beautification.

Beautiful book!
Jan 12, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't spectacular. It contains the history about LBJ's wife, how she grew up and the suffering she faced that was eased by wildflowers. It explains why she loved wildflowers so much that she had them planted along all the highways. The highlight of the book are the illustrations. They are the kind of pictures that have all sorts of lovely little things hidden in them.
Aug 03, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It taught me in a short space very much about Lady Bird Johnson's life. I appreciated all the research and effort the author and illustrator put in to make this book accurate and the illustrations are lovely, which perfectly matches the theme of Lady Bird doing much to beautify America.
Feb 20, 2009 Suzan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You never know how your troubles may prepare you for strength in the future.

Ladybird's love of flowers came from the comfort they gave her after her mother died. Later, as First Lady, she was able to translate this comfort into the beauty we all enjoy today - wildflowers along the Texas highways, less trash and the cherry trees in Washington, D.C.
This biography of Lady Bird Johnson emphasizes her love of wildflowers. She encouraged the planting of more flowers and trees wherever she lived, including more cherry trees in DC. She encouraged the Highway Beautification Act, which passed. This story is written from a different angle for a biography and is wonderfully done. Picture book.
Right up my middle daughter's (almost 6) alley.... wildflowers and our new home...Texas. A well done biography of Lady Bird Johnson through her whole life and her love of nature and all things beautiful.
Lee Felker
Mar 06, 2016 Lee Felker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a super cute book, and Annabelle loved the story. I definitely learned some things about Lady Bird.
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Experiences with the Web of Life Flowers & Weeds
In preparation for a wonderful trip to the Wildflower Center, we learned about Lady Bird Johnson's hero's journey.
Paul Delacruz
Jul 15, 2013 Paul Delacruz rated it it was amazing
Nice little story about Lady Bird Johnson's life and the love for the outdoors especially wildflowers.
Debby Baumgartner
Short biography of First Lady Bird Johnson and how her love of wild flowers brought wild flowers back to our fields and road sides.
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Lives in College Station, TX with husband Ken and four adorable cats.

Two sons, both musicians.

Serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.
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