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Children's Literature"American patriot and firebrand" Samuel Adams is the latest addition to this exemplary series. Adler reveals a little about the early years of Adams, but the focus is on Adams as an outspoken critic of British rule. From his leadership role in the Boston Tea Party, his involvement with the Sons of Liberty, and his protest against taxes, Adams comes across as a passionate and direct freedom fighter. His political career as a Continental Congress delegate, signer of the Declaration of Independence, senator, and later governor of Massachusetts, all warrant mention. Adler is able to convey the spirit of this complicated man to an audience for whom Adams may be a lesser-known entity. Himler's warm watercolors fill every page and their muted tones give the look of a long ago age that adds a touch of realism. The text is straightforward and appropriate for the third grade, where study of the Revolutionary War usually begins. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 8 to 12.