Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
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!