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Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
by Barb Rosenstock and John O'Brien


Overview - As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress--now the largest library in the world.  Read more...

 
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Overview
As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress--now the largest library in the world. Barb Rosenstock's rhythmic words and John O'Brien's whimsical illustrations capture Jefferson's passion for the written word as well as little-known details about book collecting. Author and artist worked closely with experts to create the first picture book on Jefferson's love of reading, writing, and books. An author's note, bibliography, and source notes for quotations are also included.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590789322
  • ISBN-10: 1590789326
  • Publisher: Calkins Creek Books
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-11
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Presidents & First Families (U.S
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Books & Libraries
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/Colonial & Revolutionary

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Thomas Jefferson “gobbled books the way a starving man eats.” Rosenstock’s (The Camping Trip That Changed America) apt metaphor sets the tone for this jaunty picture-book biography of the third U.S. president. Following Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to his restocking of the Library of Congress in 1815, the playful narrative (“While at college, he read fifteen hours a day. Guess what he started collecting?!”) complements even more playful illustrations. O’Brien’s (Look... Look Again!) dynamic ink-and-watercolor illustrations show the redheaded leader in perpetual motion around books, exaggerating his hobby to humorous effect. Jefferson stacks tomes on his mantel in the shape of the word “books” or reads several books at once by swinging from a trapeze. Pointillist dots overlay the artwork, texturing O’Brien’s pictures with a mottled look. Readers’ eyes will dart among several scenes in each spread, the busy layout giving a sense of Jefferson’s full education-driven life. Appearing on nearly every page are images of small, open books that provide further biographical facts and quotations. Author notes and a bibliography wrap up a lively peek at a literature-loving political giant. Ages 8–up. (Sept.)

 
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