COKIE ROBERTS is a political commentator for ABC News, provding analysis for all network programming. She also serves as senior news analyst for National Public Radio. She has won countless awards, including three Emmys; has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame; and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She is the author of the bestselling We Are Our Mother's Daughters, Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and From This Day Forward (written with her husband, journalist Steven V. Roberts). She and her husband have also collaborated on Our Haggadah and write a weekly syndicated column together.
Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty-five honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions, and was on President Bush's Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend", one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.
DIANE GOODE is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.
Karma Wilson is the author of What’s the Weather Inside?, illustrated by Barry Blitt. She also wrote many picture books, including the international bestseller
Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, all illustrated by Jane Chapman; A Frog in the Bog, illustrated by Joan Rankin; and Hilda Must Be Dancing and Bear Hugs, illustrated by Suzanne Watts. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Visit Karma at KarmaWilson.com.
Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer; and the Louise the Big Cheese books by Elise Primavera. Diane lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their dog Daisy.
*Kirkus, starred review. FOUNDING MOTHERS, Remembering the Ladies
ABC and NPR correspondent Roberts and Caldecott Honoree Goode forge an attractive and compelling version for young people of Roberts’ adult book of the same title.
Goode’s illustrations are often breathtaking. On the endpapers, she has reproduced in sepia tones with antique pens some of the source documents that allow readers to know these women. Roberts’ lively text is illuminated with flourishes and curlicues along with winsome or whimsical portraits in what looks like ink and watercolor. Some women get two-page illustrated spreads, like Esther DeBerdt Reed, who wrote one of the endpaper pieces and who raised thousands of dollars for Washington’s troops. They bought linen for 2,000 shirts for the soldiers, and into each was sewn the name of the woman who made it. There are briefer vignettes on women writers and women warriors, as well as an illustrated timeline from 1765 to 1815. Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison and Martha Washington are included of course, and there’s also Mercy Otis Warren, who wrote letters and poems championing the cause of freedom, and Eliza Lucas Pinckney, whose “little schemes” included raising silkworms and cultivating indigo as a cash crop. Roberts’ “Letter of Introduction” sets the stage, and the acknowledgments from writer and illustrator tell a compelling story of research and support.
It is a wonderful package, adding the women who made it work to the men we thought we all knew. (websites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Review Issue Date: December 1, 2013 Online Publish Date: November 13, 2013 Publisher:Harper/HarperCollins Pages: 40 Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99 Price ( Library Ed ): $18.89 Publication Date: January 28, 2014 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-06-078002-9 ISBN ( Library Ed ): 978-0-06-078003-6 Category: Picture Books