Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?

by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Nancy Harrison

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101639993
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/2003
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 476,469
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

The author of more than 225 children's and young adult non-fiction books, Dennis Brindell Fradin was the winner of many awards, including the Flora Steiglitz Straus best non-fiction book of the year, two Carter Woodson awards, a Golden Kite honor plaque, and three Society of Midland Authors Best Book prizes, Dennis prided himself on writing graceful, readable prose for young people.  A born storyteller, the decade he spent as a second-grade teacher helped him perfect his fluid style of writing for children.

Table of Contents

Who Was Thomas Jefferson?1
Tall Tom4
Tall Tom in Love13
"We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident"27
Governor and Minister to France45
Secretary of State and Vice President61
Our Third President68
Last Years at Monticello81
Thomas Jefferson's Legacy93

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Who Was Thomas Jefferson 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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!!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A quite detailed biography of the third President of the USA for children. Large type with a space and a half between lines makes reading easier on the eyes of young readers. Many comic-type illustrations on virtually every page along with illustrations that are labeled and drawn maps. The book is very even-handed, on the one side siting Jefferson's accomplishments as a great American while on the other keeping in mind he was a slave owner and had his own family of children from a slave woman. The book also does not presume the reader is an American which certainly makes the book reader friendly to non-Americans. So many books about the US use the words "our" and "here" as if everyone in the world was an American and thus causing us foreigners to edit on the fly as reading aloud. The book ends with Jefferson's signature, a page of his famous quotes, a bibliography and finally a two-page spread timeline of his life.A very readable and enjoyable book. Written in a narrative voice the book is very entertaining. It does have a bit too many names and dates which become monotonous after a while, but it is no means saturated with them and dates are easily skipped over. Appropriate for ages 9 and up to read themselves while younger will still enjoy the book read aloud, though I recommend skimming over some of the political details which can become tedious at times. I enjoyed that Jefferson's political life and role in the creating of the Declaration of Independence is a focal point in the middle of the book but by no means is the focus of the entire book. Just as much attention is given to his boyhood and young manhood as well as his post presidency and old age. An all-around suitable book on the topic and most children should find it satisfying.
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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. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST sample ever
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