First Mothers (Hardcover)

By Beverly Gherman, Julie Downing (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780547223018, 60pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012



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 livelyillustrations are sure to enthrall and entertain.

Praise For First Mothers

"Craftily mining the personalities of each woman, Downing contributes watercolor and colored pencil portraits of the mothers on their home turfs, humorously underscoring their many diverse eccentricities."—Publishers Weekly

"Young readers will enjoy perusing this engaging and utterly browsable collection of quick facts about these little-known, but very important women."—School Library Journal

"Colorfully illustrated and surprisingly entertaining."—Booklist