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Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography
     

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography

by James Cross Giblin, Michael Dooling (Illustrator)
 

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Now available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling relate the story of our nation's third president and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson was a soft-spoken man. But his contributions to American democracy live on as bold reminders of his formidable intellect and spirit. Son of a wealthy famer, young Thomas

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Now available in paperback for the first time, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling relate the story of our nation's third president and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson was a soft-spoken man. But his contributions to American democracy live on as bold reminders of his formidable intellect and spirit. Son of a wealthy famer, young Thomas was a studious boy who shared his father's love of books. He was painfully shy about speaking up in school, especially when other children taunted him. By age 16, though, Thomas had entered college, and began law school two years later. He was a man of many talents. Besides practicing law, he played the violin and designed Monticello, the beautiful home where he lived with his wife and family.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This introduction to the life of Thomas Jefferson covers the brilliant man's life in basic terms that young children should be able to understand. Emphasis is placed on his plantation childhood, his love of learning, and the tragedies of his wife and children's deaths. An underlying theme throughout, however, is Jefferson's ambivalence toward slavery, which is hedged around in an attempt at political correctness for the junior set. Many of Dooling's oil paintings are evocative of time, place and mood.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The author and illustrator team that produced George Washington (Scholastic, 1992) score again with this readable, beautifully illustrated title. Through abundant, well-placed text, Giblin builds on incidents from his subject's life to uncover the shy, quiet nature of the man who would become the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Dooling's oil paintings provide dazzling backgrounds. Each double-page spread is richly executed, making Jefferson, the boy and the man, come alive. Important dates in his life are appended as are quotes from his letters. There is a full description of Monticello, followed by a detailed index for both text and artwork. A high-quality biography.-Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439810678
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/12/2005
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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