Cokie Roberts Turns 'Founding Mothers' Into Children's Book

The author explains why she is adapting her bestseller for a younger audience.
3:00 | 01/27/14

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morning. Great to be here with our good friend, cokie Roberts. She's reaching out to a new generation in a new way. Turning her best feller into a children's book. It's called "Founding mothers." Great to see you on a Monday. Great to be here. I love the line in the introduction. Without the women doing what they did, it would have been very hard for the men to found a nation. It's true. The men went to Philadelphia to write the declaration of Independence. The women had to keep it going on the home front, make the money for the family. The men weren't making any money. Sometimes fend off the british while they were doing it. At one point, John Adams said, if it gets dangerous, take the children and run for the woods. I was Reading the book to Elliott and Harper this weekend. They were engrossed. Martha Washington. George Washington wanted her in the camps. She went every long winter. Even though she didn't like going. It was dangerous. The roads were bad. She was a prime target for hostage-taking. And she went because, he wanted her there for troop morale. She would entertain the soldiers and cook with them and nurse them. It was a good thing. George danced for three hours straight with the very flirty and pretty Katherine Littlefield green. It was a good thing Martha was there. The pacing of the book is just perfect for kids. Each story has at least one great nugget that you know they're going to -- that will stick with them. Like Martha Washington taking the smallpox vaccine. Andsoldiers taking it because of her. And Catherine green sleeping with a hog thinking it was the governor of South Carolina. So, they're funny stories. It's not an eat your spinach book. It's very important. It is. Because you say we don't -- we're not necessarily giving ourkies the dose of history they need. That's right. If you don't know history, you don't know what's going on in the country today. If you don't understand that women were equally important, you can't connect to it. So it's important to connect and to know it in a way that is fun. It hits close to home for you. Your mom was a congresswoman, ambassador to the Vatican. These stories were brought down through your family as well. Absolutely. I grew up with strong political women. My mother, lady bird Johnson, and Betty Ford were doing everything when I was a kid. They were the inspiration for me to go back and learn about these women at this time of history. Nobody had written about them. When I wrote the grown-up book, as I have come to think of it, they suggested a children's book, too. The illustrations are great. They are fabulous. Diane Goode. The liberty tree. And here you have sally jay going to Spain with her husband. And here you have the valley forge. And this is mercy Otis Warren, the great propagandist. I thing this must be Eliza pink. They give you the feel of the times but they're accurate. "Founding mothers, remembering the ladies" is in stores

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