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Children's LiteratureThis volume is one of the many Raintree Biographies-a series that explores the lives of individuals of extraordinary achievement. "Jefferson is one of the most famous and honored of all Americans and respected in many other countries because his ideas about freedom helped spread democracy around the world." The first two pages of the book concisely describe one of Jefferson's greatest achievements-the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The book's double-page spreads describes Jefferson's life from his birth and childhood on a Virginia plantation, his roles as lawyer, husband and legislator, his part in the writing of the Declaration of Independence and finally, his election to the Presidency of the United States. Highlighted in bright blue or tan boxes are quotes from Jefferson and interesting facts about this man, his contemporaries and the events of the time. The book is amply illustrated with colorful portraits and drawings and reproductions of significant documents. A timeline, glossary and a list of recommended books and videos are found at the end of the book. 2003, Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, Ages 8 to 11.
— Anita Barnes Lowen