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Author: James Cross Giblin
Key Words: Children, Early American History, Colonial America, Biographies

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Book Description:

An illustrated portrait of Thomas Jefferson introduces young readers to a writer, statesman, inventor, educator, architect, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States.

Reviewers Thoughts

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good introductory biography for children as it tactfully handles some of the more risque or hypocritical issues of Jefferson's life. For example, it mentions Sally Hemings a few times, and also Maria Cosway, but doesn't bring up their alleged sexual relationships. In this way, it sets up a reasonable, foundational gateway for children to build upon when they are old enough to learn about such things.

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5 = Loved It, 4 = Really Liked It, 3 = Liked It, 2 = It's Okay, 1 = Didn't Like It.

Book Details

Cleanliness: Mentions that Jefferson liked to flirt and dance.

Ages: 7 - 11

Grade Level: 2nd - 6th

Pages: 48

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