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Children's LiteratureHistory comes to life in this well told account of a voyage from Boston to France that John Adams made in 1778 with his ten year old son Johnny (future president John Quincy Adams). The point of view is that of the ten year experiencing rough weather, threats from hostile British frigates and all of the other dangers inherent in the long transatlantic voyage. The third person perspective in the book is that of young Johnny but it also includes actual passages from John Adams diary. Harlin's illustrations are done as three-quarter spreads that will help young readers visualize how things looked in a very different time. The realistic watercolors complement the vivid language of the text. This book does what good history does: many who pick it up will not be familiar with the names of these two early presidents; however the book will draw them in, building appreciation of the many kinds of dangers and challenges that the founders of our nation faced to forge the nation we have become. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 7 to 9.