""The one thing I do not want,"" quipped Jacqueline Kennedy, ""is to be called First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."" This lively collection includes more than 350 revealing and thought-provoking remarks by White House wives, from Martha Washington (""I live a very dull life here, and know nothing that passes in town."") to Michelle Obama (""The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.""). Humorous and heartfelt reflections include Abigail Adams's thoughts on partnership (""No man ever prospered in the world without the consent and cooperation of his wife.""); Dolley Madison's attitude toward gossip (""It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.""); and Eleanor Roosevelt's comment on accountability (""It is often the people who refuse to assume any responsibility who are apt to be the sharpest critics of those who do."").
Children s Book Guild Nonfiction Award-winner Kathleen Krull is an expert at bringing history to life in her engaging titles and series, including Women Who Broke the Rules, Lives of . . ., Giants of Science, and A Kid s Guide to America s Bill of Rights. This time, she introduces readers to the women of the White House in A Kid s Guide to America s First Ladies! The book includes a section introducing kids to Melania Trump.Find out what our country s First Ladies thought, did, and advocated for as they moved into the White House.
The Diurnal of Mrs. Elizabeth Pepys 2d May.-Sam'l now in great honour at the Navy Office, whereat my heart do rejoice, and the less for the havings, which do daily increase, than that I would willingly see him worshipfully received, the which indeede his hard work do plentifully deserve, he sparing himselfe in nothing for the advancing of his busyness. And I do reason with myselfe that though he have faults many and great (which God knowes is true) yet he do come up in the world and our gettings are very good and do daily increase. How they go I know not, for that little and grudging is spent on my clothes, and though Sam'l goes very noble still it is not possible but much is saved, though he do lament himself in very high wordes of our spendthrift way of life and small saving. But of this more anon.
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