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Children's LiteratureJohn Hancock is best known as the man who signed the Declaration of Independence in a large, bold hand. "England can read my name without glasses," he said. "She may now double her reward for my head." This is the ninth volume in the "Young Patriot" series of fictional biographies written to introduce young readers to famous people. Although the many adult accomplishments of this signer of the Declaration of Independence are touched upon in the last chapters, the book is written to tell the story of Hancock's childhood. Illustrated with black and white drawings, the book will give readers a glimpse of what it was like to be a young boy growing up in pre-Revolutionary Massachusetts. Lesson plans and links to sites with more information on John Hancock are found on the easy-to-use Patria Press website. The lesson plans include discussion questions, assessment strategies and many suggestions for across-the-curriculum activities. At the end of the book readers will find a "What Happened Next?" page, a time line, "Fun Facts" and a brief glossary. 2004 (orig. 1963), Patria Press, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen