by Peggy Thomas; illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Calkins Creek (Sep. 8, 2015)
Narrative nonfiction/biography/picture book
Examines the life and career of Thomas Jefferson, who in addition to his accomplishments as a politician and president was also talented in the field of agriculture.
Why You'll Love It:
- Illustrator Innerst actually used a quill to hand letter all the quotes. Cool!
- This illustrated biography sheds light on the lesser known episodes of Jefferson's life and presidency, such as his efforts to stimulate European demand for American produce and his concerns about an agricultural pest.
- The final section, "Thomas Today," wisely invites readers to ponder Jefferson's slave ownership.
Great for grades 3-6 (and up!) and here's the educator's guide.
What Else You Should Read:
- Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman
- Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley
- Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock