Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Dennis Brindell Fradin
     
 

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Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly the most

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Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly the most troubling aspect of his life-a slave owner. Finally, here's a biography for kids that unveils the many facets of this founding father's remarkable and complicated life.

Illustrated by John O'Brien.

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Children's Literature
How did a red-haired, freckled-faced boy who loved to read, spoke several languages, and played the violin, grow up to write the Declaration of Independence, become the second Vice President and, after a bitter political battle with old friend John Adams, the third President of the United States? This pleasantly written biography about Thomas Jefferson tells the tale in an easy-to-read style. In addition to Jefferson's amazing professional and political life, the book objectively discusses Jefferson's desire to eliminate slavery and why he didn't. Also blended into the discussion are aspects of his personal life, his adoration for his father, how he met and married his wife Martha, the grief of losing her and three of their five children. The book carefully discusses his subsequent relationship with Sandy Hemings and their children. The pen-and-ink illustrations give the feel of the era. Side-by-side timelines of Jefferson's life and world history of the time are a nice addition. This book is an excellent source for reports or those fascinated by history. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 9 to 12.
— Ruth Buchholz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613634861
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Penguin Group Who Was Series
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
103
Sales rank:
160,266
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Who Was Thomas Jefferson 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Jefferson was A great writer.He wrote some great stories about things that I dont Know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like many others who had read this book, quickly learn that the author has not only taken literary license to embellish many of the things about Thomas Jefferson, but some of the information purported to be fact is simply false. This obviously brings the entire content into question for any reader. If you want to learn about Jefferson, get a book by a reputable author that has been historically verified. This book went right into our garbage can for the next generation. I just hope libraries across the country have a file 13 for this book as well. Shame on you Dennis Brindell Fradin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was ok beacuse it is a history book and for me just picking up a nonfiction book is not a good read,but it is the best book that you can find on thomas jefferson i think!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Who Was series is a great biography series for elementary students. I highly recommend it to one's classroom library.
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Mother-who-cares More than 1 year ago
I had my 3rd graders read this for a book report. They asked me, "I didn't know that Jefferson had children with a slave girl". I didn't know what they were talking about. So, I read the book myself. I then did research to find out that this was not true and it probably was Jefferson Brother. It has been DNA tested and proven that this is not true. Also the dates are not correct on the life of Jefferson father and no bibliography. These authors are trying to discredit our founding fathers! Jefferson was a good man with a high moral character. I went to Washington D.C. to find all these books on the selves at the National Archives. I was so disappointed to see them selling these books in a place that they have the answers to prove that this is false teaching our children and parents to not respect such a generous man, talented,gentleman, inventor, musician,farmer, writer, fundamental to our countries governmental practices and theories, and amazing architecture talent. I would never buy any of " Who is"books again. .
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