Dolley Madison Saves George Washington

by Don Brown

From farm girl to first lady, the story of Dolley Madison and how she rescued Washington's portrait, as told by best-selling author-illustrator Don Brown.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544582446
  • ISBN-10: 0544582446
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 09/01/2015
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

Dolley was a farm girl who became a fine first lady when she married James Madison. She wore beautiful dresses, decorated her home, and threw lavish parties. Everyone talked about Dolley, and everyone loved her, too. Then war arrived at her doorstep, and Dolley had to meet challenges greater than she’d ever known. So Dolley did one thing she thought might make a difference: she saved George Washington. Not the man himself, but a portrait of him, which would surely have been destroyed by English soldiers. Don Brown once again deftly tells a little known story about a woman who made a significant contribution to American history.

About the author
Don Brown

Don Brown is the YALSA excellence in nonfiction and Sibert Honor award-winning author and illustrator of many nonfiction graphic novels for teens and picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." He lives in New York with his family.www.booksbybrown.comInstagram: @donsart


"Dashing line-and-watercolor artwork…A sure handed wedding of text and art that brings history to life." Booklist, Starred 9/1/07 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Pen and ink and watercolors effectively depict the simplicity…of Colonial life…Readers will enjoy this exciting picture-book biography...

School Library Journal

"Brown continues his string of exemplary biographies...In the watercolor illustrations, [Dolley's] smiling good nature and exotic attire come through clearly in brighter days, and in darker, she radiates a sturdy presence even in plainer garb." Kirkus, Starred 9/15/07 Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Historical figures… come to life with a few spidery lines and generous dollops of translucent watercolor..."--The Bulletin Nov.2007 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A sure-handed wedding of text and art that brings history to life." Book Links STARRED November 2007 Book Links, ALA