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A Picture Book of Samuel Adams

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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.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Adler captures much of the complex nature of the man and his role in America's fight for independence. However, it is never easy to take a complicated person and create a succinct biography for children without oversimplification and choppy transitions. This book reflects these challenges. In particular, the Boston Tea Party is poorly explained. No clear reason is given for the patriots' actions, nor does the text mention that they disguised themselves as American Indians. The illustrations, however, showa number of men in tribal headdress, which could confuse readers unfamiliar with the event. Overall, though, the book presents a good overview of Adams, his personality, and his actions. The illustrations, done in muted tones, have the unfinished feel of sketches. While attractive, their soft focus, particularly of people's facial expressions, keeps the story distant and prevents the history from coming fully alive. Jean Fritz's classic Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? (Putnam, 1974) has a similar scope and audience, but is a livelier read andpresents a more nuanced, complete overview of Adams's life.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823418466
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Picture Book Biography Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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