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Those Rebels, John and Tom Hardcover – January 1, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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What To Do About Alice?

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

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A Parents’ Choice Award Winner
Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist

“Kerley reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life.” — The New York Times

*“Spectacular art.” — Booklist, starred review

*“A gleeful celebration of a fully, unapologetically led life.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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A School Library Journal Best Book
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Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award
*“A masterfully perceptive and largely visual biography . . . dynamic and lovely . . . a joy to peruse.” — School Library Journal, starred review.

“A great new book.” — The New York Times

*“An accessible and inventive vision of an American legend.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS and WALT WHITMAN: WORDS FOR AMERICA, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at www.barbarakerley.com.

Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at www.edfotheringham.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545222680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545222686
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book delightful in both pictures and words. I enjoyed how Kerley presents both main characters side by side and then merges them together after they met. This technique allows the reader to see just how different John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were as well as the commonalities that brought them together. Fotheringham does a fantastic job with the illustrations. The cartoonish nature of the illustrations adds humor and emotional expression. I especially liked the maps that showed the connections and distance between Great Britain and the colonies. I appreciated the appropriately placed quotes from both Adams and Jefferson. Overall, I'd say this is a great book for introducing the people and events that lead to the creation of the United States of America.
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I'm biased being a huge Revolutionary War dork, but this was a great, accurate, picture book about two very interesting friends. The text is fun to read with good information, and the pictures add to the depth of the story. This book gives John Adams his due for his role in the revolution, and does not make Thomas Jefferson out to be more than the man he was. Great book for a mini-lesson in the classroom, or just fun to read with your child.
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This book is an excellent introduction to two of our most important "Founding Fathers". From it youngsters ....and their elders who read or discuss the book with them ...will learn that these men were real people, and not just historical figures. More importantly, also learned is that they were gentlemen. When they disagreed (which was often) they chose ways to disagree which were civil. The country, and the world, could learn much from them today. Recommended!
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Those Rebels, John & Tom was a great history review and I applaud in that the illustrator effectively conveyed the stories facts of our American History. The story portrays two American heroes who bravely set aside their differences to join forces in the fight for our country's freedom.

Its been a while since I read about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and their uncanny relationship.
I would recommend this book for higher grade level in that it involves a lot of vocabulary that deals with middle school instruction.

This book teaches students about human relations between two different important figures in history and how their differences created a strong bond.
The book is a history lesson of how both delegates set aside their differences of opinions and combined wits to settle the most important doctrine in our history, The Declaration of Independence. John is the more rambunctious character while Tom is more of pacifist individual with a different lifestyle than John. I can honestly say that the illustrations in this book made it clear to understand the important facts about their lives and the conflict that King George was creating for the Americans.

The colors used in the book did not portray emotion but a patriotic pride in the Red, White, and Blue that our country stands by.
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This is my favorite book I have for my grandson. It tells the story of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and the differences they had but how they were great friends when they died. Great history book for kids.
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For one who hates history, such as myself, I didn't hate this book surprisingly since it was all history based. This children's picture book introduces and teaches readers about the most important "Founding Fathers." A great way to teach kids about history, the war, and these two important figures in a fun and exciting way. Tons of bright colours and images which caught my attention and will catch those of many young readers. Shows the many differences between the two founding fathers yet also shows their similarities once they met and how well they worked together for America's independence. A great book for a elementary class beginning to learn about American history, in a kid friendly way. The images as well such as the maps also help visualize and explain the history as well as make it interesting and appealing to children. Recommend to elementary ages and for teachers to incorporate into their classroom curriculum.
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