Saturday, October 17, 2015

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas book cover nonfiction biographyThomas Jefferson Grows a Nation
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. 
Who Should Read It:

Great for grades 3-6 (and up!) and here's the educator's guide.

Thomas Jefferson picture book biography illustration

What Else You Should Read:

1 comment:

Peggy T said...

I'm glad you liked the book. Thanks for recommending it!
Peggy Thomas

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