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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

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Teachers are always looking for new books to help with what they need to teach in their classrooms. In Virginia, Thomas Jefferson tops that list. Maira Kalman has created a terrific picture book biography of our third president that covers all facets of his life and does so in a measured, non-judgmental way. Jefferson was a remarkable man and this biography addresses all of his interests (music, books, farming, etc.), his political successes (the Constitution), and his personal life at Monticello. Sally Hemings is mentioned in a way that teachers will feel comfortable presenting. Scattered throughout are quotes from Jefferson and humorous asides from the author. Kalman’s art (think Fireboat, What Pete Ate) is so striking – I just love her palette. This is the most balanced and most interesting book for children on Jefferson and I would recommend it to all teachers and librarians. Check it out!

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