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First Ladies

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Meet forty-five dynamic women -- from Martha Washington to America's newest first lady. Here is a captivating, photo-filled guide to the extraordinary women who have made their mark on the White House, and the nation. Eyewitness First Ladies explores the second hardest job in America--and the forty-five exceptional women who did it. Filled with stunning, full-color photogr ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 18th 2001 by DK Children (first published 2001)
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Patricia Schumacher
I saw Beth's rating on this book and it brought back memories. So, I got the book a few days later. I love the DK books! You are never to old to read them.

The first ladies and their stories are so interesting. I never knew that Martha Washington's marriage to George was her second marriage. What a huge event to happen to a single mom in those days. To get remarried, AND THEN go on to be the first, of the First Ladies of America. Single parents everywhere should raise their glass to Martha!

I can
Michelle M. L.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
I found this while browsing the shelves at my local library. An abbreviated overview of each our First Ladies along with interesting tidbits of information and related images. Great for teens and leisure reading.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly interesting and well written. I enjoyed every minute of it and I learned a lot.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wide-reading
I have fond memories of reading eyewitness books as a kid, and I remember the Mary Cassatt one in particular so I was pretty disappointed when I picked up this book. It took me as a college student several days to get through as it was not compelling or interesting enough to engage me. Granted I am not the target audience, but even so, informational texts such as this should have something to offer to every reader.
I also remember reading these books sort of piece meal as a kid anyway. I much pr
The weakest volume I've encountered in this series. Of course the pics are nice (as is only to be expected from DK), and the material pretty much arranges itself. But the text seems to have been written by a PR rep for NOW from press releases. Actually, coverage of the early years of the republic went along smoothly enough...but the closer we got to the present, the sillier things became. For some reason Pastan intrudes a section on the 19th Amendment into the works (even though the First Lady o ...more
Katie Frakes
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was not my favorite by any means. Firstly, while there is information provided about the first ladies, it is all very general and broad. In other words, the information isn’t really specific to any first lady, which made it hard for me to follow. For example, the book only gives brief descriptions of the ladies while they lived in the White House and doesn’t really talk about all of the wonderful things that they accomplished. Also, this book is formatted more like a textbook than an a ...more
Amy Dennehy
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found this book to have great pictures and fact about the First Ladies of the United States. These picture and descriptions detailed what these ladies did while they lived in the White House. However, I believe it only gives minimal detail about these ladies lives, not depicting all the wonderful things they did. This is a good book for learning fact about what First Ladies do, but not about particular ones in general. This is a good starting point to find out what First Ladies to read further ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one who actually wants to learn something
Almost every school library in America has the Eyewitness series, and my elementary school was no exception. The one Eyewitness book I found on my own, however, was First Ladies. This books contains many pictures as do most Eyewitness books. The pictures, while good for keeping a young child's attention, don't help us get an accurate picture of the wonderful first ladies we've had. If anything, this is more of a book about the first ladies' stuff with a tiny paragraph or so dedicated to the fir ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Hayes was the first college graduate to hold the position of first lady.

Edith Wilson was anti suffrage despite the 19th amendment being passed while she was in office.

Eleanor Roosevelt was an amazing humanitarian.

I enjoyed this. It was a quick read (obviously). My Grandma used to give me Eyewitness books as a child. They have just a teaser of information about the subject which works since they're mostly childrens books. For someone who just wants a taste of information, they're a good star
Douglas Koehne
There is not a lot of new information here obviously, but that is not what these DK Eyewitness Books are supposed to provide. This book is a great introduction to all the women who have been First Ladies throughout America's history, with just a few facts and notable events or particulars that give a little personality to each woman. Other than a few famous first ladies, most of the women written about here will be new to most readers, so everyone is sure to learn something no matter what age yo ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and the detailed accounts it provides of each first lady, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. It gives details on their experiences in the white house, the clothes they wore, and different artifacts they had.The amazing artwork,photographs, and summarizes of the first ladies experience are given in a detailed concise manner.I feel that this book would be a great resource to have in a classroom. It could be used during different units of American history, specifically wh ...more
Katie Clark
Dec 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This is a great book about the First Ladies of the United States of America. It includes pictures and facts about what they did when they lived in the White House. This is a good book to use to teach about famous women.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, informative summary of the First Ladies of the United States of America. Loads of photographs and paintings!! Full of little-known facts and information.
Nov 19, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Amy Pastan is an independent writer, editor, and book producer. She is former acquisitions editor for art and humanities at the Smithsonian Institution Press. She lives in the metropolitan D.C. area.
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