Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers

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Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers

How a First Lady Changed America

By Kathi Appelt; Joy Fisher Hein (Illustrator); Kathi Fisher Appelt (Illustrator)

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060011079, 37pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 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.

About the Author
Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award winning, and bestselling "The Underneath" as well as the National Book Awardfinalist "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp", "Keeper", and many picture books including "Counting Crows". She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.

Joy Fisher Hein is an artist, designer, and illustrator in the Texas Hill Country, where she lives with her husband. They are the parents of three wonderful, creative children. Joy has been painting and gardening all her life, at her mother's or grandmother's side, and is a certified Texas Master Naturalist.

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.

Praise For Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers

“ … 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 … ”
-Kirkus Reviews

“ … 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.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“ … Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations … will captivate readers of all ages.…”
-Austin American-Statesman

“Joy Fisher Hein’s illustrations for the picture book give readers an easy lesson in wildflower identification.…”
-Houston Chronicle