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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1100L (What's this?)
  • Series: For Kids series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Act edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569763488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569763483
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The volume offers the chance to delve into Jefferson's life and be inspired by the range of his interests."—Kirkus Reviews


"Altogether admirable. Brandon Marie Miller has written a concise, graceful, and accessible biography that carries lightly an astonishing amount of information and insight. This book is illuminating and brimming with respect for its subject and its readers. The activities are well-chosen to give young readers a sense of what Thomas Jefferson's world was like.  Highly, and delightedly, recommended." —R. B. Bernstein, distinguished adjunct professor of law, New York Law School, and author of Thomas Jefferson and The Founding Fathers Reconsidered

About the Author

Brandon Marie Miller is the author of George Washington for Kids and Benjamin Franklin, American Genius.

Customer Reviews

As an adult, I really enjoyed it as well.
A. Pelleschi
Activities like plotting a map, making a simple microscope, observing the weather, or building a model solar system.
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Brandon Marie Miller does an excellent job in portraying Thomas Jefferson as a multi-faceted, complex man.
Sherry Ellis

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meagan @ Blooming with Books on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
THOMAS JEFFERSON for KIDS

His Life and Times with 21 Activities

By Brandon Marie Miller

This is an in-depth well-written book about America's third President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's life is thoroughly covered in this book and portions of Jefferson's books and letters as he wrote them are found throughout.

The first part of this book has a timeline of important dates throughout Jefferson's life from his birth on April 13, 1743 to his death on July 4, 1826.

The second part is the real meat of the book, where you are introduced to Jefferson in all his complexities. His stand on slavery for one, though he was publically against it he himself kept slaves. He was against those in authority using their authority over others and wielding their power so as to keep others down, but in some instances he seemed to use the very abuses he was against to get what he wanted. He was plagued by the lose of those dear to him, as he lost his wife and most of his recognized children and these loses affected his public life. Jefferson was a man who loved knowledge and collected books throughout his life.

Thomas Jefferson for Kids has 21 different activities for children that are similar to activities that Jefferson performed throughout his day-to-day life. Activities like plotting a map, making a simple microscope, observing the weather, or building a model solar system.

This book would be an excellent classroom resource or text book for a homeschooler. It is also an excellent refresher on Jefferson for anyone who may not remember all of their American History! Jefferson is portrayed as a real person with faults and not some American deity as some books try to portray America's Founding Fathers. It is a well-balanced work and should be included in any Children's American History collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on October 26, 2011
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Thomas Jefferson for Kids is a well-written, comprehensive biography of the third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. Brandon Marie Miller does an excellent job in portraying Thomas Jefferson as a multi-faceted, complex man.

There are plenty of photographs and pictures of Thomas Jefferson, his home, and the people who influenced his life and times. Especially interesting, are photographs of letters that Thomas Jefferson had penned with his own hand.

A nice feature that kids would enjoy, are the 21 activities. These include plotting a map, dancing a reel, building a simple microscope, and my kids' favorite - baking a macaroni and cheese pie.

Thomas Jefferson for Kids is a book that would appeal to anyone wanting to learn more about our country's third president, and is an excellent resource for students having to do research projects and reports. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pelleschi on December 27, 2011
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Thomas Jefferson for Kids is an extremely thorough and interesting biography of our third president. I recently needed to read a juvenile biography on Thomas Jefferson, and I was impressed with how much more material there is in this book compared to other juvenile titles about Jefferson. Brandon Marie Miller captured all aspects of Jefferson's life, including the more controversial ones, such Jefferson as a slave owner.

In addition to the text, there are numerous historical photographs and sidebars of Jefferson and the time period, which add depth and context to Jefferson's story. Middle school children should enjoy the 21 activites, such as making grape juice or designing a peace medal.

This biography is not only an enjoyable read, it is a great reference book for students in both middle school and high school. As an adult, I really enjoyed it as well.
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This new release from Chicago Review Press about Thomas Jefferson, one of the most venerated of our founding fathers, is a great addition to any school or public library, as well as ideally suited for use by home schoolers. Although many biographies of Jefferson are available for young people, this one is unique in including a variety of hands-on activities to enhance learning, from how to organize your library like Jefferson, how to observe the weather, grow a plant from a cutting, or paint a buffalo robe. Although I did not try any of the activities, they include copious instructions, and are well suited for upper elementary and/or middle school students.

Organized chronologically, this book begins with some background on Jefferson's father, Peter, and his wife Jane. Thomas was the first of their eight children, and showed himself to have a quick mind from his earliest childhood. Jefferson went on to be a brilliant college student, often studying 15 hours a day (and without a tiger mother!), and then studied law. We learn about Jefferson's immersion in radical politics, his family life, and his drafting of the Declaration of Independence. Later chapters explore his presidency and his founding of the University of Virginia, as well as recounting the incredible story of his death on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence--the same day as his friend and rival, John Adams, also breathed his last.

Miller's volume is clearly written, and provides a fascinating look at this complex individual and his wide range of accomplishments and interests. I particularly appreciated that she does not shirk from analyzing Jefferson's many contradictions, which she summarizes as follows: "A man who believed in frugal government yet lived his own life burdened by debt.
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More About the Author

Brandon Marie Miller writes history for young people. She writes about both the famous and the common folk, about great events and everyday life. Her books have been honored by the International Reading Association and the National Council for the Social Studies, among others. Brandon grew up in Park Forest, Illinois and earned her degree in American History from Purdue University. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Find out more at www.brandonmariemiller.com and check out http://hands-on-books.blogspot.com
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