Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers

Fans of number one New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love this stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the Am...

Details Founding Mothers

TitleFounding Mothers
Release DateJan 28th, 2014
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Childrens, Picture Books

Reviews Founding Mothers

  • Luisa Knight
    If you want to learn about the Founding Mothers without the feminist's slant, here's the book to go to. You'll learn about writers, general's and president's wives, and even a soldier and a spy.Ages: 6 - 10Cleanliness: uses the words "sexes" and "breast" non-sexually.**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is ...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    This one had so much potential but falls a little flat - and also missing important end resources.
  • Edward Sullivan
    These brief but lively and informative profiles of notable women from early American history are great introductions for young readers. Wonderfully illustrated by Diane Goode and elegantly designed. Web sites are listed for readers wanting to know more but the lack of a bibliography is disappointing, as is the lack of citations for which sources Roberts consulted in her research. A book like this introducing young people to fascinating historical...
  • Kelli
    An excellent introduction of about a dozen women of the American Revolution. There were several women I'd never heard of too, which was great. Simple but informative bios, drawing upon letters and events of the time, are coupled with colored sketches that help give kids a sense of the era & the women who helped make our country. A must-read for any Revolution study!
  • Miss Clark
    Superb. Recommended.
  • Jeanie {coffee girl}
    So much is written about our founding fathers, Cokie Roberts shares the other side of history through this nonfiction picture book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies. Through their letters, journals, letters, and lists; Roberts share the tales of the following fascinating women: Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Deborah Read Franklin, Mercy Otis Warren, Phyllis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Esther Deberdt Reed, Sarah Livingston Jay, Cathe...
  • Ms Threlkeld
    Provides short bios of several fascinating, brave and intelligent women who helped shape our country. It is fairly text heavy, so definitely more appropriate for upper elementary readers.
  • Elizabeth
    Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts Hardcover and unabridged audio edition
  • Sam
    Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts is an excellent and informative picture book that tells the tale of the ladies that helped build this nation. So often history books glide over these women, or ignore them completely and I believe this is an excellent supplemental source to give children the facts. School Library Journal via Books in Print says, “Roberts goes deeper into the historical record to find individuals who were quite accomplished in t...
  • Margaret Chind
    Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. I love history picture books like this, full of information on women to emulate. In years past we have enjoyed the My Name Is Not Isabella series for this same purpose, but I love Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies . This is a great way to learn about the female figures that stood in the background of the beginnings of the United States.Not only is there a picture book, but for the older reader (...
  • Book
    "Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies" illustrated by Diane Goode is picture book based on the popular and instructive book written by Cokie Roberts which bears the same name.Roberts wrote a book that tells the story of Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, Eliza Pickney, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, Sarah Livingston Jay, Catherine Macaulay and other women of the American Revolution, which were much more than women of famo...
  • Jennifer
    I thoroughly enjoyed looking a little bit into the lives of some of the women who had an impact on the founding of our nation. There were some names I knew: Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Dolley Madison. There were more names I had never heard: Mercy Otis Warren, Phillis Wheatley, Esther DeBerdt Reed, Sarah Livingston Jay, and Catherine Littlefield Greene. I also was not familiar with any of the names dropped on the featured double-page spread...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Full disclaimer- I went into this recent release as a fan of both Cokie Roberts and Diane Goode. They never disappoint, and in this case they exceeded my already high expectations. The content (in word and image) offer portals to the past, and to the women who are most often ignored or mentioned in 25 words or less when reading or speaking of the early days of this country. Perhaps it's due to her experience as an on-air reporter, but Roberts has...
  • Christina
    Terrific younger readers' version of Cokie Roberts' book for adults; wonderful pen and ink calligraphic line drawings, with spot watercolors, of each of the 10+ American Revolution-era women profiled in short biographical chapters. Includes replicas of their own signatures! Anecdotes and brief summaries of their contributions, either by writing in support of the war effort, or helping on the battlefield, even shooting cannons. Some delivered mess...
  • Samantha
    I was really excited to read this book, but it fell a little flat for me. I wanted more distinction between the personalities, but rather the women presented all sort of sounded like the same person. More direct quotes or writing from a different perspective (i.e. 1st person) might've changed that.The artwork was nice, but I wanted photos or images closer to being historical documents. While I enjoyed the artwork for another project, here, it jus...
  • Natalie Sapkarov Harvey
    This book reminds me that beautiful illustrations and great design choices do not necessarily make a good book. It's disappointing to see a book with such a strong and promising title deliver textbook-like anecdotes and awkwardly inserted exclamations meant to stir the reader. Like other reviewers have commented, the text falls flat and does these women no justice. There are compelling stories here, but they are not told well. What's even more di...
  • Heather
    This was a great look at women during the Revolutionary War period, and their contributions because, as Cornwallis said: "We may destroy all the men in America, and we shall still have all we can do to defeat the women." We learn about Eliza who ran 3 plantations and had the first Indigo crop in the US. Indigo was used to dye soldiers uniforms. We meet Deborah Sampson who dressed as a man and fought for 3 years. She received a soldier's retiremen...
  • Naomi
    I agree with another reviewer that I was excited when I saw this book. Finally, the ladies getting some recognition. However, the book fell flat and the ladies remain invisible. I am not sure if this book should have been done as a longer book or not as a children's book, but the bios were simply too superficial. One thing that I did notice, at the end, that stood out glaringly, is that there are no resources at the end. Just because it is a kid'...
  • Jessica Bingham
    We always hear a lot about the "Founding Fathers" this book brings light upon the women behind the men who started our country. Some of the women are more well known like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley or Martha Washington. Others are perhaps, less known, like Deborah Sampson, Esther DeBerdt Reed or Eliza Lucas Pinckney. This book is great for children (of all ages).
  • Jackie
    A great book on women during the American Revolution. I used this book for our history fair. My class did a study on women and "Rights and Responsibilities" throughout history. We chose to use women of the American Revolution. Love this book and it's an excellent resource loaded with simple to read text and wonderful illustrations.
  • Ann Williams
    The letter of introduction from Cokie Roberts sets the author's purpose for this historical picture book about women during the revolution. The illustrator did much research to get the pictures/signatures just right. This book will be helpful when looking for short texts.
  • Bethe
    bookaday #11. Great stories on the women behind the American Revolution, companion of Roberts' adult book on the same topic. Varied formats keep the info engaging and flowing. Loved the endpapers and the rest of the illustrations.
  • Taylor Worsencroft
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very informational book. I even learn something while I was reading it. The illustrations were alright they were colored sketches. The illustrations resemble as if they were from back in the day. I feel this is a very good informational book for kids.
  • Christine Drysdale
    Had the privilege of meeting Cokie Roberts yesterday when she spoke about this new book. It is wonderful for both children and adults...anyone who wants to know more about the feisty women of the Revolution.
  • Vicki
    This includes familiar favorites like Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison, as well as female patriots new to me, such as artillery gunner Margaret Corbin, awarded the same payment as other disabled Revolutionary War soldiers, and she is buried at West Point.
  • Susan
    It was educational and fun to learn about the spouses and mothers (in some cases) of the founding fathers. They contributed a lot to the cause. I listened to this, and wish that Cokie Roberts had had the grace to let a professional read the book rather than doing it herself.
  • Alyssa
    This is a wonderful children's book that serves as an introduction to the women of the American revolution. It will inspire young readers to learn more about the contributions these ladies made to our country.
  • Laura
    Although it's a little dry, this book is a great introduction to the women who helped shape our country from the very beginning. While Roberts has written an adult version of this information, I much preferred the brevity of this children's book!
  • F.Alan Reynolds
    It was interesting to learn that these women didn't just sit by the fires and knit.