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A picture book of Thomas Jefferson
Adler, David A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1990.
Physical Description:
27 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
Traces the life and achievements of the architect, bibliophile, president, and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Reading Level:
AD 700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 29432.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 2 Quiz: 09083 Guided reading level: M.
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E332.79 .A25 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E332.79 .A25 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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A simple presentation of the third president's life from childhood.

Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Adler continues his series on famous Americans, noting pertinent facts and historically significant events in the lives of Franklin and Jefferson. Through smoothly flowing narratives, he interweaves glimpses of their personalities and families, including their passions for both reading and inventing. The line-and-watercolor illustrations are nicely detailed and appropriate to the period, though some of the facial expressions are stiff. Nonetheless, these are worthy for the beginning biography reader and sure to be in demand. A list of important dates is appended in each. --Phillis Wilson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-- Adler makes Jefferson accessible to young children in this new addition to his biography series. In the brief text, he covers the main achievements and events in Jefferson's life and portrays him as an intellectual, inventor, lawyer, architect, and statesman who disliked presidential pomp. He mentions that, although opposed to the idea of slavery, Jefferson owned slaves throughout his life and several are depicted in the illustrations. Adler's writing is clear and objective, free of fictionalization, and easily read. It will also serve as a read-aloud. The format is attractive; each double-page spread contains a framed painting with short paragraphs superimposed on the illustration. The Wallners' charming watercolors include many details that show the furnishings, clothing, and daily life of 18th-century Virginia. Easier to read than Smith's Thomas Jefferson (Messner, 1989), the book is an informative introduction to this prominent American leader. --Jean H. Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.