Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers
How a First Lady Changed America
Publication Date: March 2005
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. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers.
In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.
Kathi Appelt is the award-winning author of many children's books, including Bat Jamboree, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Incredible Me!, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ms. Appelt teaches creative writing to both children and adults and lives in College Station, Texas.
“ … children will pore enthusiastically over her riotous, millefleur landscapes, each bloom… meticulously rendered … ”
“This warmly attractive volume tells a graceful braid of stories … Hein’s delicate pictures are in bright, clear colors … ”
“ … colorful pictures add sparkle to the work.”
-Dallas Morning News
“ … a colorful and readable account … ”
-Grand Rapids Press
“Joy Hein’s spectacular paintings veritably burst off the page.”
“ … Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations … will captivate readers of all ages.…”
“Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations for the picture book give readers an easy lesson in wildflower identification.…”