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From the Set Our People: Fall 2002 Releases
Brief introduction to the life and accomplishments of American patriot Betsy Ross, credited with making the first American flag.
- A Talented Seamstress
- Making the Flag
- The End Ofthe War
- A Busy Life
- Time Line
- Glossary Terms
- For Further Information
A noteworthy review of Our People from School Library Journal on January 1, 2003
Both Ross and Madison give basic information about their subjects, describing them as strong, brave, and good at their jobs-seamstress and hostess, respectively. As serviceable biographies, the titles have sufficient information for reports, and are lively enough for recreational reading. The illustrations are mainly colorful reproductions of artworks. These books give a good picture of the personal lives of these women-their hardships and frustrations, and how they faced serious problems, most of which were created by the tumultuous times in which they lived. Similar in scope and reading level, but a little more detailed, is Susan Martins Miller’s Betsy Ross: American Patriot (Chelsea, 2000). The same is true of Patricia Quiri’s Dolly Madison (Watts, 1993; o.p.), although it has the wrong date for one of the photos.
A noteworthy review of Our People from Midwest Book Review on November 1, 2002
This series provides historical biographies introducing major American peoples and their achievements. Children will find these inviting, with each holding 32 pages of biographical coverage paired with color photos and American history. These are promising wide-ranging references for young readers. Each promises extensive reference materials all geared to the younger, elementary-level student.