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Children's LiteratureThe life of Thomas Jefferson is brought to light in this book from the "First Biographies" series. His birth, childhood, work as a lawyer, as well as his writings on the rights of colonists are described first. His marriage and plantation home are also described before explaining how he wrote the Declaration of Independence. The American Revolution is described before explaining how Thomas Jefferson aided in the formation of the new government, including his election as third president. The Louisiana Purchase and the founding of the University of Virginia are also explained. An ongoing timeline highlighting the events described on each page makes it easy for children to put each event into a chronological context. A glossary and list of books and websites for further research completes this introductory text on Jefferson. Reproductions of pictures and paintings, as well as photographs of historical locations, aid the learning process. This book would be a good reference work for a child beginning to learn about the figures in American history. 2003, Capstone, Ages 5 to 8.
— Amie Rose Rotruck