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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Who Was...?
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448431459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448431451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"I have the time of my life as a children's author," says Dennis Brindell Fradin, prolific author of close to one hundred and fifty books. "I try not to let a day of the year go by without working." Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he earned a creative writing degree from Northwestern University, then taught elementary school for twelve years. In 1989, the National College of Education honored him as the Educator of the Year. He is married to writer Judith Bloom Fradin, who did the photo research on this book. They live in Evanston, Illinois and have three grown children.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful and easy reading for ages young through old.
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I love all the who was books but this one is one of my favorites I learned a lot about him just by reading the book!
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This book was really helpful for a class assignment for my son.
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72 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Barger on August 12, 2005
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This author spends five pages reporting on the Jefferson-Hemings controversy and gets it wrong in most instances.

* There is NO proof that Thomas Jefferson's wife and Sally Henings were half sisters as Mr. Fradin claims (see McMurry book, "Anatomy of a Scandal."

* There is NO information anywhere that Jefferson began a relationship with Sally except an unproven claim by Madison Hemings who has been found to be inaccurate on several claims such as his naming.......FALSE. here is also NO proof that Thomas and Sally became fond of each other as Mr. Fradin claims. He also claims a forty year relationship which is unprovable.

* He states that in 1789, Sally Hemings became pregnant and Thomas Jefferson was the father. If Mr. Fradin had cared to research the facts he would have found that the original Callender Campaign Lie of September 1802 was DISPROVEN by the DNA Study. There was NO match of the DNA between Jefferson and Tom Woodson, the subject of the James Callender lie.

* Mr. Fradin says that over the next nineteen years they had six more children. There is absolutely NO proof of this. Not only that, it was over five years after they had returned to Monticello before ANY registered child for Sally was made. Only one Hemings descendant was DNA tested, HOW could Mr. Fradin make his outrageous claims. How can we be sure that his several other children books are accurate? Mr. Fradin your are remiss in distributing false and inaccurate information for our youthful readers.

I recommend that the books listed on the above mentioned web pages be read regarding the Jefferson-Hemings Controversy.

Herbert Barger
Jefferson Family Historian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Runner on August 19, 2013
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The "Who Was" books are a fantastic read for anyone (not just children), but my son finds this series especially FUN. The books reads easily and at the same time allows the child to learn without realizing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Hansen on December 17, 2013
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I like to buy children's books to get history in a glimpse. Then I have them for
my grand kids to read when they come over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Best on April 4, 2013
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Great Intro biographies for 2nd-4th graders. A must have in the classroom library. there are about 40 titles to choose from.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 16, 2006
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By:Andrew "Who was Thomas Jefferson" took place from 1743-1826 in the thirteen original colonies. One thing I liked about the story is that it also told you things that affected his life. Another reason I liked this book is the text tells you about his hobies. Like fossil collecting and inventing. Though you might think his life must of been great, he actualy had many hurtful things happen to him. For example, Thomas lost his wife in 1782 and, when Jefferson was govoner of Virginia he was almost killed by the British. One more terrible thing that happened to him was when he was older, he was 100,000 dollars in debt which is 2,000,000 dollars today. But he was able to pay it off by selling his posessions. Friends and even strangers donated money to help him. In the story they tell you many great things in his life like how he was the third president of the U.S. of America. So Thomas was famous for a veiaty of reasons. yet he also had a more difficult life then you or me that is one thing you'll learn reading this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SMFDS on November 6, 2013
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This is a great collection. My son has Aspergers and along with the Great Illustrated Classics collection, these are about the only "chapter books" that I can get him to read! He loves to learn/memorize all the facts about all these famous people! These books are well made, with anecdotes that help the kids stay interested and that they love to tell you about! ..."did you know that....?"
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By Evelyn on June 24, 2014
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This book was really helpful for a class assignment for my son. It was an easy read that appealed to his age.
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By Jean on June 11, 2014
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It is my desire to build a library for my great grand children so they can learn about a lot of things they will not be taught in school. This is one of several books on presidents that I have purchased for them, and I read the, too.
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