The Great Little Madison (Unforgetable Americans)

by Jean Fritz

Paperback, 1998



Local notes

921 MAD



Puffin Books (1998), Edition: Reprint, 160 pages


Traces the life and contributions of the sickly child with the small voice who grew up to become the fourth president of the United States.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

160 p.; 4.97 inches


0698116216 / 9780698116214



User reviews

LibraryThing member katieginn
An information read about james Madison. This biography is very educational and highly engaging. It is a short story that portrays Madison.
LibraryThing member jdieder104
I would assign this book in a history class on the Bill of Rights or America as a young nation. Lot of interesting facts about Jefferson, Adams, John Jay, Madison, England and France. I think this book would enlighten 5th and 6th graders on our countrys history. Encouraging them to read more books on historical events.
LibraryThing member marifab64
Definitely a book to teach history. Sometimes in middle school or high school kids have to do reports on presidents or something from history and I think this would be a good recommendation. They will learn many things about Mr. Madison and other historical people and events. And teaches many things about Government
LibraryThing member cmesa1
This book is an inspiration for all the children it teaches them that no matter how tall or strong you are you can have an impact on the world if you have confidence in yourself. James madison show passion and devoted the rest of his hardworking life to try to make the constitution work for The united States.
LibraryThing member VhartPowers
Before this book I didn't know much about James Madison. He took good care of his mom, who lived to 98. He had a weak voice, but still managed to give speeches. He was great friends with Thomas Jefferson. He was part of the Constitution Convention and was diligent in his work. He had a reputation of being a bachelor until he proposed to a very young lady. The age difference today would be frowned upon. Thankfully she was immature and turned down his proposal after stringing him along. Later he would propose to the widow Dolley Madison.
James Madison's greatest error was mollycoddling his step-son "Precious Payne" in the backside who lived life irresponsibly and in great debt.
After Madison's death Dolley had to sell their home Montpelier due to Payne's mismanagement.
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LibraryThing member rhoadesm1
Sometimes, heroes are large as well as larger than life. Madison was diminutive and would have been an easy person to miss in a crowded room. Throughout their school years, students learn about the origins of the United States and how its government evolved, but individuals are often omitted from the story. Fritz's biography of the "Father of the Constitution" provides penetrating insights into the experiences and ideas that Madison, who, despite his bantam stature was an intellectual giant, and hence the book's title. Allowing students to discover who the Founders were as people might also underscore the point that even people who are unremarkable on the surface are capable of great things.… (more)




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