John Adams

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Children's Literature
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s introduction encouraging all children to consider the qualities that take someone to the White House and aspire, regardless of gender, to be president, sets the tone and indicates the level of quality of this 48-page book. Sidebars and comments next to photographs and reproductions of paintings contain factoids in sans serif font that contrast with the text's large serif font. The writing is as impressive as the layout. Original quotes support content geared to hold the interest of young readers; e.g., John's childhood activities, his difficulties with Latin, and typical meals and evening activities at Harvard. Information presented is tied together by noting its impact on the future president. Since this is one of the "Childhoods of the Presidents" series, only the last chapter discusses his adult years. One concern: Reading level, according to Fry Readability, is mid-7th grade. Minimal alternations could have eased reading without sacrificing high-interest content by changing terms like "important consideration" (p. 19) to "key to comfort" in noting the value of a chimney for heat. 2003, Mason Crest Publisher,
— Mary Bowman-Kruhm
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590842683
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Childhoods of the Presidents Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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