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Worst of Friends : Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain and Larry Day


Overview - John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House.  Read more...

 
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Overview
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House. Full of both history and humor, this is the story of two of America's most well-known presidents and how they learned to put their political differences aside for the sake of friendship.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525479031
  • ISBN-10: 0525479031
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: December 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/Colonial & Revolutionary
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Science - Politics & Government

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

As in their George Did It, these smartly paired collaborators offer a behind-the-public-persona look at American patriots. In zingy prose, Jurmain tells how Thomas Jefferson and John Adams “were as different as pickles and ice cream” (the former was tall, thin, and quiet; the latter short, round, and loquacious). Yet she emphasizes that the two were best friends who worked together to shape America before parting ways when Jefferson backed the Republicans and Adams the Federalists. Entertaining anecdotes about both presidents’ personal and political lives are energized by Day’s lightly caricatured watercolor cartoons, which flesh out their personalities. Day depicts some scenarios with humorous exaggeration, as when Jefferson grabs Adams’s coattails to keep him from pummeling King George, and Adams stealthily carts his possessions out of the White House on the morning of Jefferson’s inauguration. In a heartwarming denouement, the two end an 11-year silence when Adams pens a conciliatory letter to Jefferson, later admitting, “You... had as good a right to your opinion as I had to mine.” This entertaining and character-driven slice of history also offers a clear message about friendship. Ages 6–8. (Dec.)

 
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