Most of the titles in this excellent Childhood of Famous Americans Series deal with boys this is the second (the other was Louisa May Alcott) which takes a girlhood as the subject. And it is delightful -- and interesting. The material has a freshness of approach; it tells not only stories of Dolly Payne's Quaker childhood, but gives a feel of the times and the personalities. Dolly's early childhood was spent on a big Virginia plantation; then her Quaker father gave his slaves their liberty and moved his family to Philadelphia. The story carries through Dolly's brief marriage to John Todd, his death, and her marriage to James Madison, the most eligible bachelor in Congress who later became our fourth President. Dolly Madison even today is remembered as the most popular of our ""First Ladies""...This series help meet the need for good historical biography for 'tween age children.