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Thomas Jefferson's Feast (Step into Reading) Kindle Edition

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Length: 48 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 7 - 9
Grade Level: 2 - 4

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From the Inside Flap

Did you know that every time you munch on a french fry or snack on ice cream, you have Thomas Jefferson to thank? It's true! This founding father was one of America's first foodies. After a visit to France, he introduced all sorts of yummy treats to America--including one that upset more than just tummies and created a culinary controversy!
Get the scoop in this deliciously funny, true story--guaranteed to tempt even the most reluctant readers!

About the Author

Frank Murphy was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in June of 1938. He was raised and lived in West Springfield, Massachusetts until he joined the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday in June of 1955. His nine years in the Corps took him to such exotic places as Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, The Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and at sea in several ships.

Frank returned to New England and worked for Pratt and Whitney's overhaul and repair facility in Southington, Connecticut. He left there after two years and worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut refitting submarines. In December of 1968, Frank started work as a lineman with Southern New England Telephone Company. He transferred to Southern Bell, now Bell South, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a lineman in 1970. He moved into the Installation and Repair department, PBX Repair and retired as a Digital Technician in Special Services during the summer of 2000.

Frank attended Fort Lauderdale Business College for three years majoring in management. He dropped out to spend more time with his three young sons, planning to return when the boys were grown up. Frank also took many Bell South courses and attended schools in electronics and associated fields to enhance his work skills in the telecommunication field. He was divorced in 1995 after 27 years of marriage. Frank remarried in 1999 to the former Susan Fischer.

Frank started playing Judo in Japan in 1959. He competed in the All Marine Corps Judo Championships held at Parris Island in 1963. He continued playing and teaching until he was injured in a serious motorcycle accident. He lifted weights, snow skied and randaily until recently because of trouble with his knees. He also played volleyball and pick-up baseball games. However, he still target shoots.

Frank enjoys tropical landscaping, gardening and growing orchids. Reading and collecting books is another one of his pleasures. When the house is empty, he'll put on some of his favorite classical CDs.

This book is Frank's first published work. He has been interested in writing since a youngster and has written an unpublished novel concerning the drug trade in South Florida. He wrote another unpublished book outlining his experience with a psychologist while going though his divorced.

Frank is a member of the Marine Corps League Detachment Tamarac 755 and has been involved with veteran affairs over the years.

Richard "Dick" Walz graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has illustrated sixty-three books and has contributed to many others. He has often drawn licensed characters. Recently he's contributed several books to Random House's "Step Into Reading" series. Dick has always had an affection for railroads, so he's enjoyed painting several trains for Just Fine the Way They Are.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2539 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3GMOWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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FRANK MURPHY has taught a wide variety of grades at the elementary for over 24 years. A history buff, basketball coach & fan, and popular speaker, Frank is the author of many fun historical fiction/biography books for young readers, including several popular Step into Reading History Readers - including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2006 Best Book Award Winner Ben Franklin & the Magic Squares. His all-time favorite book is Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. Among his other favorites are books by one of his editors, Shana Corey (he can't wait for her new book The Secret Subway!). His favorite illustrator? Richard Walz, of course!

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This book (and many others like it) have been a great find for my family. I am homeschooling a second-grader and these books have been the key to getting him interested in reading, and have become the foundation of our reading curriculum this year. Since we are studying American history, they are relevant, fun, and are about topics to which he can relate. His interest in both reading and history has increased, and he can't wait to get to the next book. At this point level 3 readers are easy for him, level 4 readers are just hard enough to be a challenge (but not too much) and level 5 readers will be tackled in the spring.

Thomas Jefferson's Feast is great because you get to know the everyday T.J. and things that he liked. We found out that he was responsible for introducing things to this continent that we really love such as tomatoes and macaroni and cheese. My son loved the story.

This book is great paired up with "A Prairie Dog for the President" about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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This is a wonderful children's book about our third president (US). It provides a fun story about how he loved to read and write and eat! He brought foods back from France that weren't popular here and made them famous. Jefferson got people to finally try love apples or tomatos, thought to be poisonous here in the US, but eaten often in France.
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All of the books in this series take one personality trait of a famous person and talk about it. The trait they chose for Jefferson was that he liked to eat. The fact that the "feast" happened over several parties as opposed to one meal is not an important enough piece of "fiction" to justify saying that the book is bad. The book does not talk about Slavery. That is covered in the book about Harriett Tubman, which is also a very good book. This is a Step Into Reading book, not a complete history of Thomas Jefferson book. Although the reading level is 2nd - 4th grade, the content is PreK - 1st.
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My 6 year old daughter LOVES stories about historical people and happenings. It is shockingly difficult to find books that are suitable for her age and not about sports figures. This book is not a great literary classic, but it is wonderful because it is smartly written with facts and stories about Thomas Jefferson that are interesting and informative. Not only did my daughter love this book, but I learned quite a bit from it as well.
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Great book and very informative for a young reader! I recommend!
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Great story. Didn't know that about TJ. My daughter loves it.
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