Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Thomas_JeffersonWritten and Illustrated by Maira Kalman

Thomas Jefferson was interested in EVERYTHING. This is a fun book that explains some of the many things he accomplished and enjoyed, including playing the violin three hours a day, planting a garden, learning seven languages, and designing and decorating his home. It even explains some of his flaws and his relationship with Sally Hemings. This looks and reads like a picture book, but the changes in font might be confusing for a younger reader. The notes section at the back of the book gives additional information about our 3rd president. I wasn’t really fond of the illustrations, but the bold watercolor type images will make the book more appealing to children. This is a great addition to a children’s library.

Review by Terrie Bishop, Academy Park Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-6

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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
Written and Illustrated by Maira Kalman
Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Young Readers)
40 pages
Release Date: January 7, 2014
ISBN: 9780399240409 (hardcover)

Categories: Elementary – Easy Nonfiction (K-2), Elementary – Nonfiction
Tags: Thomas Jefferson, President, Liberty, hobbies, Monticello, Louisianna Purchase, Jefferson’s slaves, Sally Hemings, Lewis and Clark, Founding Fathers,

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