Monday, March 7, 2016

Women's History Month: Dolley Madison Saves George Washington

Now, you may be wondering as I was, how could Dolley Madison save George Washington? Well, Don Brown lets us know in this picture book.

The book provides the readers with some background information about Dolley Madison. She married James Madison and became the First Lady of the United States. She wore beautiful dresses, decorated her home, and threw grand parties. When the War of 1812 arrived, Dolley had challenges greater than she’d ever known. So when the White House was about to be invaded, Dolley did one thing she thought might make a difference: she saved George Washington.

This picture book provides a narrative story that helps readers understand Dolley and some of the struggles she lived through due to the war.

This is another great example of a story with a narrow focus. It also has a conclusion that connects us with the painting of George Washington.