Synopses & Reviews
andlt;b andgt;Now in paperback, Lynne Cheneyand#8217;s andlt;i andgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling illustrated history of how the Constitution came to be. andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;I am mortified beyond expression when I view the clouds which have spread over the brightest morn that ever dawned upon any country.and#8221; and#8212;George Washingtonandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In May 1787 delegates from across the countryand#8212;including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklinand#8212;gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from and#8220;We the peopleand#8221; and inspiring hope for freedom around the world.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Now in paperback for the first time, this richly illustrated tale of a crucial point in our nationand#8217;s history will enthrall readers young and old.
From farm girl to first lady, the story of Dolley Madison and how she rescued Washington's portrait, as told by best-selling author-illustrator Don Brown.
Dolley was a farm girl who became a fine first lady when she married James Madison. She wore beautiful dresses, decorated her home, and threw lavish parties. Everyone talked about Dolley, and everyone loved her, too. Then war arrived at her doorstep, and Dolley had to meet challenges greater than shed ever known. So Dolley did one thing she thought might make a difference: she saved George Washington. Not the man himself, but a portrait of him, which would surely have been destroyed by English soldiers. Don Brown once again deftly tells a little known story about a woman who made a significant contribution to American history.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Lynne Cheneyandlt;/bandgt;'s most recent book is the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller, andlt;Iandgt;We the People: The Story of Our Constitutionandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers andlt;Iandgt;America: A Patriotic Primerandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Womenandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriotsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in Americaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across Americaandlt;/iandgt;, and has written a memoir, andlt;Iandgt;Blue Skies, No Fencesandlt;/iandgt;. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.andlt;bandgt;Greg Harlinandlt;/bandgt; is an acclaimed artist and illustrator. His books for children include andlt;Iandgt;Dangerous Crossingandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Paul Revere's Midnight Rideandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Mississippiandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Hanukkah at Valley Forgeandlt;/iandgt;, winner of the 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Award. He has spent much of his twenty-eight working years recreating history through his paintings. His work has appeared in many national periodicals, including andlt;Iandgt;National Geographicandlt;/iandgt;, National Park Service publications, and andlt;Iandgt;Kids Discoverandlt;/iandgt; magazine, and has received award recognition from the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, among other entities. Mr. Harlin lives in Annapolis, Maryland.