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Thomas Jefferson Hardcover – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792264967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792264965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6--In a note at the beginning of this attractive, accessible biography, Harness deals in an objective and nonjudgmental fashion with the most controversial aspects of Jefferson's life--his assertion that "all Men are created equal" while keeping slaves, and his relationship with Sally Hemings. The book then proceeds in a lively, nicely paced style to examine the many facets of the man's life, which included "Scientist, Lawyer, Farmer, Architect, Diplomat, Inventor, Musician, Philosopher, and third President of the United States." The text is peppered with numerous quotes from Jefferson. Bright and busy mixed-media illustrations range from a full-page framed spread to small inserts, and are an appropriate match for the energetic text. This is a solid addition to the biography shelf and a first purchase for most collections.--Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. Harness continues her successful series of picture books about the presidents with Jefferson, who is more controversial than some of her previous subjects. Harness brings up his relationship with slave Sally Hemings in her introduction, but, curiously, almost drops the subject in the text. A somewhat larger problem is Harness' attempt to fit a huge amount of material into a relatively small space. Situations are truncated, and at times, readers will have to make informational leaps. That said, this is still a remarkable book; it gives children a sense of Jefferson's personality, his exceptional skills, and even the demons he struggled with as he tried to reconcile his belief that all men are created equal and his role as a slaveholder. Harness uses every opportunity to squeeze in more information, and her striking watercolor, gouache, ink, and colored-pencil pictures and maps add extra detail. There are no notes, and the bibliography is brief, but there's a useful time line highlighting Jefferson's world. Ilene Cooper
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Customer Reviews

I just love this Thomas Jefferson bobble head.
Larry A. Grief
Because illustrations can help a child, even as well as an adult, to understand better about what's going on in the book.
Rosana Wan
My husband was very delighted with this birthday gift.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rosana Wan on May 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Cheryl Harness have written and illustrated some of our nation's great presidents (John Adams, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, etc.), but for Jefferson, I think she did a good job on explaining about Thomas Jefferson. Although this book is mainly for children to give them a main idea about our third president of the United States, many adults, including myself, can learn something from this book. It's highly illustrated on some of the important events in Jefferson life. If you really want your child to know Jefferson or just get a brief idea about him, or do a research paper on Jefferson, I would highly recommanded this book. As well as people that want to be major in US history, this is one of the book that I would recommand. Because illustrations can help a child, even as well as an adult, to understand better about what's going on in the book.
As you filp through pages of this book, Chernal Harness (author) gives you a very good idea of some of the events during Jefferson's time. She show some interesting maps in this book (like P. 25 for example) that tells you about what's going on in that time.
The author also showed you how Monticello was like during Jefferson's retirement. She show a "blue print" (P.36) and a layout map (P.38-39)of Jefferson's "Essays of Architecture"-Monticello and as well his garden and where his slaves work.
As a "Jefferson scholar" and history book collector, I really enjoy reading this book. Even though I might think I already know a lot about Jefferson, but when I first read this book, it teach me something new about him-William Clark came back from the "Corps of Discovery" and lay out the map of the US to show President Jefferson where did he and Meriwether Lewis traveled and explored.
I think this book is fun to read for everyone, no matter how old you are.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JCD on August 16, 2011
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Absolutely excellent! The information provided in a clear, concise manner is wonderfully done. I wish history books were written as well. Probably best for either third grade and up, or for a parent to read and discuss with younger children (rather than read word for word). I loved this one so much, I picked up many others (equally as great) by the same publisher.
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These Royal Bobble pieces are highly detailed and quite hilarious when their little heads wobble back and forth. Wobblers have a real presence--far more so than many other types of collectibles, including the really serious stuff. Having been collecting "wobble heads" (aka, "wobblers") for the last two months, I thought I would point out a few fundamental features of the two main types. In particular, let me highlight the major differences between these "Royal Bobble" pieces and the "Funko" brand wobblers which are made out of conventional plastic. Each type has its own appeal, and they are more different than you might expect.

The Funko wobblers are much lighter. They tend to be more animated--they are caricatures of the subject. They are very amusing to look at, and their price seems to be dependent on their age and availability. If you are looking at a desirable older model which no longer is readily available, the price might get up there into the twenties or thirties, or maybe higher for really coveted pieces. The disadvantage to the lighter plastic is that it doesn't pick up background vibration as much as the denser polyresin (such as used by Royal Bobbles and a few other manufacturers), and thus they don't tend to wobble as much. They are less reactive to random vibration, and you typically won't see a lot of movement as it just sits there on your shelf. The advantage to the lighter plastic is that they are more durable--your cat can knock them off the shelf and even if it goes all the way to the floor, they likely will be just fine. If it simply gets knocked over, it will be fine. When you pack it up to move, you can just stick it in a sock and throw it in a box and it will be fine.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on February 23, 2011
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This is a good picture book biography of Thomas Jefferson for the classroom. It is intended for grades 4-7 I believe but there is information for adults to be had here too. Thomas Jefferson's life from birth to death is covered and yes, there is mention of Sally Hemmings and his possible 6 children with her. Some mentions in the book don't gel quite right because with modern sensibilities, the idea that Jefferson could state that "all men are created equal" and still have slaves doesn't seem logical but Jefferson didn't live in our times, but in his. Slavery allowed him to live a luxurious lifestyle and do many of the things an educated gentleman might do at the time. Without slaves, his quality of life would have suffered and he knew it. Still this book does provide terrific details of his life and gives us a portrait of how he lived.
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By Michael L Detzler on November 17, 2014
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Thomas Jefferson's story is worth reading many times. My 17 year old grand daughter has it now.
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By Drwamsbooks on September 28, 2014
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Fast shipping. Product was as described.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al Luna on June 10, 2013
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I have all the Founding Fathers and these bobble heads make some great learning tools for students. They are a fun way to get students to look at the Founding Generation.
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More About the Author

Cheryl Harness makes her home in Independence, Missouri, the "Queen City of the Trails," a couple of blocks away from the big white house where Harry and Bess Truman used to live. She lives with Mimi (a black and white Shih Tsu)), and Merrie Emma (a cross-eyed scaredy-cat). As an author, illustrator, public speaker, and presenter in many an elementary school, Cheryl is known for her engaging, entertaining approach to history, her detailed watercolors, and the way she plays her harmonica.

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