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Children's LiteratureMonticello is located in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The building was begun in 1768, though it went through many revisions throughout Thomas Jefferson's life. He was an architect and wanted his home to depict the things he enjoyed. Jefferson was well traveled and enjoyed European architecture. He was the first person in the United States to have a dome roof in his home. He loved being at Monticello, but his political career kept him away for years at a time. He had a vested interest in the plantation and made many changes to the building and the grounds even while he was away. He called himself a farmer and experimented with different vegetables, fruits, and trees. After his death, Monticello was sold several times and is now owned by a foundation that allows visitors to tour the home. This book gives a nice overview of this very famous home and of Thomas Jefferson. The pictures help show what is being discussed and the layout is very appealing. The table of contents, glossary, timeline, and important people section help readers gain a greater understanding of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson. Educators will want to include this book in their library. It is a wonderful resource for children doing reports or studying Thomas Jefferson and his home. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 11.