Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

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A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.

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A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.

A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780698205390
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/1982
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."

In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work—reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.

An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    Sign Here John Hancock

    In my social studies class we used this book to learn more about John Hancock. I would say that the title wasn't very good but my class really enjoyed reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    John Hancock

    I thought that the book was okay. I had to write a report on John Hancock, and it was mandatory to read a biography on him. I couln't find one in my public library...so i asked my teacher who gave the book. She said the book was very breif, which it was. It lightly touched upon his life, and didn't exlain a lot. i had to do a lot moe reaserch on the web, as all the books I found were like 500 pages. I would recommend this book for kids in about 3rd or 4th grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Will you read this? A wonderful bio of John Hancock

    My 9yr old son needed to do a report and come dressed as John Hancock for school. This was a wonderful book to gather information from. The writing and pictures made this an enjoyable assignment. Not only for him but for myself as well.

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