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A Personal Tour of Monticello

A Personal Tour of Monticello

by Robert Young
Presents a tour of Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia through the eyes of a slave boy, a cook, a visitor, Jefferson himself, and his grand-daughter.


Presents a tour of Thomas Jefferson's home in Virginia through the eyes of a slave boy, a cook, a visitor, Jefferson himself, and his grand-daughter.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A pleasant, if bland, series designed to reinforce the "real-life" side of history. Between the introduction and afterword, each of these slim volumes contains five fictional vignettes that focus on "the way it was" for a variety of individuals who lived at these sites. In both titles, full-color and sepia-toned photos, reproductions, and drawings depict homes, artifacts, and local scenery. Mesa Verde follows a young matron, her 9-year-old daughter, her 10-year-old son, a trader, and a holy man as they go about their daily tasks in Balcony House, an actual cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park. Maps and diagrams accompany the readable text, and information boxes provide a factual counterpoint to the fictional narrative. Teamed with Caroline Arnold's The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde (Clarion, 1992) and Scott S. Warren's Cities in the Sand (Chronicle, 1992), this semi-fictional title will add a human touch to a unit on a vanished civilization. Monticello visits with Thomas Jefferson, his 10-year-old granddaughter, a visitor to Monticello, and two slaves. Again, diagrams of gardens and grounds and floor plans accompany the text, and information boxes are everywhere. Yoked with Robert Quackenbush's Pass the Quill, I'll Write a Draft: A Story of Thomas Jefferson (Pippin, 1989), Jim Hargrove's Thomas Jefferson (Children's, 1986), and Leonard E. Fisher's Monticello (Holiday, 1988), this title will add a down-to-earth aspect to a founding father.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This entry in the How It Was series offers a tour of Monticello, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, through the eyes of five separate individuals during a chilly day in May 1810: Jefferson; Thrimston, a ten-year-old slave who worked in the nail shop; Cornelia Jefferson Randolf, Jefferson's granddaughter; Edith "Edy" Fossett, a cook; and an unnamed visitor, who arrived with a letter of introduction and was invited "to dine and stay the night." Although the five viewpoints permit discussions of some of Monticello's various facets, they are brief and make the presentation somewhat disjointed. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings, however, depict the beauty of Monticello and illustrate why 500,000 people visit this famous landmark each year. (maps, diagrams, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
How It Was Series
Product dimensions:
7.31(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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