Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Book - 2014
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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence--but there's so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything . He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, "I cannot live without books." But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an "abomination," he owned about 150 slaves.

As she did in Looking at Lincoln , Maira Kalman shares a president's remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text and stunning illustrations.
Publisher: New York :, Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780399240409
Branch Call Number: J 973. 46 JEF K
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations, colour portraits

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May 05, 2014

Maira Kalman - I am in love with your Art and style. Children will enjoy the art and parents can gently bring some realities to the forefront if desired.

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