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Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First…

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America

by Kathi Appelt

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This is a Biography of a woman called Lady Bird Johnson. Lady Bird Johnson had always enjoyed flowers and nature growing up, and when she got older her husband was elected president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lady Bird was able to to do what she loved, growing flowers. Lady Bird is important because she is the reason the Highway Beautification Act was passed by congress. Because of this, the highways were finally cleared of signs and rusted cars.Throughout Lady Birds life, she went through many hardships such as her mother passing when she was a child, and her husband passing in 1973. Lady Bird continued to find comfort in flowers, wildflowers to be precise. Lady Bird was free-spirited, and the illustrations portrayed this with ease. Each page was filled with beautiful flowers, and at the end of the book is a page with pictures of flowers so that you can go back and find them in the illustration. This would be a captivating Biography to read to children, that also helps incorporate a fun interactive game by reflecting back to the illustrations. ( )
  asialandry | Oct 27, 2016 |
I wasn't really in the mood for another history/ biography picture-book, but since I'm a big fan of Kathi Appelt, I had to get this from the library system.  One copy in all of rural NV and in mint condition.  Too bad - it's a beautiful book that deserves a wider audience.  Appelt does have the talent to bring the story of Lady Bird's childhood influences, and then efforts on behalf of natural beauty, alive.  Hein's art is bright & clean, colorful & crisp.  A list of flowers that can be found in the pictures is one appendix, the other is a note about the Wildflower Center in Texas with a suggestion that we check out their website.  If you appreciate Highway Beautification or preservation of native plants, I highly recommend this book. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A very informational book about Lady Bird Johnson and the beautiful things accomplished. ( )
  rwalsh06 | Oct 26, 2013 |
A very interesting biography of Ladybird and all of the wonderful work that she did. I learned a lot from this book and I think it presents Ladybird's story in a wonderful student friendly fashion. ( )
  SJoachim | Oct 21, 2013 |
Beautiful illustrations and well-written text help readers learn about the life of one of America's First Ladies and the history of roadside flowers. ( )
  Kbailey | Jun 22, 2011 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:22 -0400)

A biography of Lady Bird Johnson who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.

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