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A Picture Book of John Hancock
     

A Picture Book of John Hancock

by David A. Adler, Michael S. Adler (Illustrator), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
 
This is the story of John Hancock, American Patriot and Founding Father. When the English started imposing unfair taxes on the colonists, John Hancock decided to stand up to the injustice. He served as a delegate to the First Continental Congress; and as the president of the Second Continental Congress, and he was the first to add his bold signature to the declaration

Overview

This is the story of John Hancock, American Patriot and Founding Father. When the English started imposing unfair taxes on the colonists, John Hancock decided to stand up to the injustice. He served as a delegate to the First Continental Congress; and as the president of the Second Continental Congress, and he was the first to add his bold signature to the declaration of Independence.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Not surprisingly, Adler's picture book biography of John Hancock begins with that founding father's most famous attribute—his bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. After noting that this large signature was an "act of defiance," the narrative goes back in time to trace the road that led Hancock from childhood to founding fatherhood. The text focuses on Hancock's privilege, education, and wealth, as well as his corresponding influence on colonial politics and the revolutionary spirit. Occasional quotes from Hancock himself, although drawn from questionable sources, are integrated fairly well into the text, which consists primarily of short, declarative sentences, such as "In October 1761 he returned to Boston. Three years later his uncle died." Ronald Himler's watercolor illustrations are particularly adept at capturing landscapes and gray New England skies—his patriots all have expressions of grim earnestness. The back of the book contains a brief timeline, a few recommended web sites, and a selected bibliography with only one source more current than 1953. Part of David A. Adler's "Picture Book Biographies" series.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4
This biography begins with what is probably Hancock's most famous act, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It then takes readers back to the beginning of his life to tell how he became such an important and influential part of America's Revolutionary War. Details of his upbringing and personal life are spare, as the focus of the book is really on his political activities, from early acts of rebellion against the British to his participation in the Second Continental Congress. Terse explanations of major events may seem too brief to those with previous knowledge, but they are enough for budding historians to understand the primary causes of the war. Quotations appear throughout and are cited at the end. Himler's watercolors in muted tones offer visual guides to historical events. This title covers similar ground as that in Jean Fritz's Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? (Putnam, 1976) and is a solid addition to biography collections.
—Jody KoppleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420056
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Picture Book Biography Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler's "Picture Book Biographies" have been hailed as an "expert mixture of facts and personality" (School Library Journal) and "handsomely designed" (Booklist). Mr. Adler is also the author of the "A First Biography" series for readers aged 7-11, as well as a number of novels and Judaica titles. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

Ronald Himler is the illustrator of several successful picture books, including TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE, FLY AWAY HOME, and THE WALL. Mr. Himler studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and New York University. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler have collaborated on several books in the Picture Book Biography series. A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams was called "impressive" by Kirkus Reviews. Both authors live in New York State.

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