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Children's LiteratureJefferson developed a love of learning during his childhood on Shadwell Plantation in Virginia that carried through his entire life. This graphic book presents basic facts in small boxes, making the information easy to assimilate. Dialogue boxes allow for further information and quotes from primary sources are presented in balloons with yellow backgrounds. Sources include letters, Jefferson's first inaugural address, and the Declaration of Independence. Some of the other dialogue, such as when he returns to Monticello with his new bride, seems trite: "We'll be together. That's all that matters."; yet, it also keeps the text from seeming too educational to the reader. The full-color illustrations complement the text and will help readers learn about Jefferson—farmer, statesman, American president, architect, husband, father, and founder of the University of Virginia. Readers will also be introduced to some early American history. It is evident that much thought has gone into the design of this "Graphic Library" series. Short sentences with controlled vocabulary in combination with the format make this appropriate for reluctant readers as well as younger readers just beyond the beginning reader stage. Two pages more of information are found at the back of the book. Back matter includes a glossary; a list of several books for the reader who wants to learn more about Jefferson; a code to connect with "FactHound," which connects the reader with appropriate Internet sites; an index; and a bibliography. Primary sources are listed in the front of the book. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 14.