Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Thomas Jefferson Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything 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

  • Title: Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
  • Author: Maira Kalman
  • ISBN: 9780399240409
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 to discover This energetic man was interested in everything He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, boRenowned 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 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.

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    1. This might have been a 4 star, beautifully illustrated, decently worded picture book biography, but I was so impressed with how Kalman handled discussing Jefferson's slaves (Sally Hemming in particular) that I can't help but give it 5 stars. Celebrating a historical figure while also acknowledging and lamenting their flaws can be a very difficult thing to do, especially in a children's book. Kalman does it beautifully here. I think she captures the essence of who Thomas Jefferson was and what he [...]

    2. I have never before been excited about reading a book about Thomas Jefferson until I opened my latest shipment from Junior Library Guild and pulled this out of the box. I love Kalman's Looking at Lincoln, and I didn't know she was writing a book about Jefferson, so this was a great surprise. I wondered how she would handle the slave-owner bit of his bio. And here's how she handled it:beautifully.Slavery is neither mentioned nor hinted at in the first 2/3 of the book. Then we see an illustration [...]

    3. There's a point in her biography of Thomas Jefferson that Maira Kalman seems to suggest that Thomas Jefferson could never stay focused on one thing. I hope that this line served as her guiding focusing in illustrating and designing the book, because it's almost impossible to find a guiding focus on pages or in the book as a whole. Factoids and ideas are thrown about pell mell and seemingly randomly (woohoo, now you know why he slept between his study and the great outdoors kids!) I must give cre [...]

    4. Though it is receiving starred reviews, the title of Kalman's book brought me up short. I'm an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Anyone who has just a bit of insight and knowledge as to how Native land was taken from Native Nations should also have paused at that title. It celebrates "pursuit of everything" which includes land. Should that be celebrated? My review is here: goo/iQRTdZ

    5. Replete with original and vibrant illustrations, this peek at Jefferson includes many fascinating details from interests and contributions to a snapshot of the time and even his peers. Considering the brevity of this work and the intended audience (very young children) it seemed that a little too much attention was given to Sally Hemings.

    6. So many things to love about this book, but the non-handling of the role of native peoples was a big disappointment. I'm glad his role in owning slaves was detailed here. It is problematic for us to venerate our founding fathers without being completely honest about what they did, and this book doesn't go quite far enough. I will still purchase it to replace other, even more problematic titles, and also hope that we as children's history writers continue to learn to tell the truth about America. [...]

    7. A good children's book my son and I read during homeschool. The language is easy to understand and the illustrations are vivid. A good basic primer about Thomas Jefferson.

    8. Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of America, was born on April 2 according to the old style (Julian) calendar, which was changed in 1752 in the U.S. to the Gregorian calendar, still in use today. The new calendar pushed all dates forward by eleven days, so that Jefferson's birthdate became April 13. Those born during this period often celebrated their birthdays on both days, if they celebrated at all. (According to scholars at Monticello, Jefferson always insisted the only birthday [...]

    9. The author of Looking at Lincoln takes on Thomas Jefferson in her newest picture book biography. The focus in this biography is on the wide range of Jefferson’s interests and how he truly was a Renaissance man. Monticello, the house Jefferson designed and built, serves as a fine background to his interests since the home itself was ever changing and also housed many of his interests as well. The book looks at fascinating small details like the design of Jefferson’s bed, the extensive vegetab [...]

    10. "Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything" by Maira Kalman was a selection for Chapter and Verse book club - as a potential candidate for the Sibert Award. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.Strengths:- Kalman's illustrations are vibrant, interesting, and attractive. Could this/should this be a consideration for the Caldecott Award?- The inclusion of lots of little known facts about Jefferson is really interesting. Kalman paints a picture of a flawed but brilliant [...]

    11. This is a surprisingly nuanced book about Thomas Jefferson from one of my favorite authors & illustrators. The first chunk of the book focuses on the man, his personality, and his myriad achievements. In the last third, Kalman deftly talks about the hypocrisy and horror of his slave ownership. It's not a perfect portrayal (the page about the Louisiana purchase left me thinking about all the native American land that was taken in the "pursuit of everything"), but is certainly more nuanced tha [...]

    12. This is among the best children's biographies I've ever read. Factual and fun and absolutely does not talk down to its audience. I read it and I thought that if I knew the man, Jefferson and I might be friends. I also thought, what are the ways in which I am tragic? where I am not only not living my values but not taking seriously that I'm not living them?Wow. Who'd have thought all that would come out just now. I think I have to change my rating to 5 stars.

    13. Maira Kalman brings her signature artistic style and wit to this biography of Thomas Jefferson targeted at the very young reader. I am a fan of Jefferson, and Maira captures a balanced portrayal of both his greatness and his flaws. While reading this one, I was reminded of my visit to Monticello last year, a place well worth a visit.

    14. Really good. Maira Kalman serves up a genuine portrait of Jefferson. I love this line "if you want to understand this country and it's people and what it means to be optimistic and comes and tragic and wrong and courageous you need to go to Monticelloybe you will lie down under a tree and fall asleep thinking about life, liberty and the pursuit of everything"

    15. A vibrantly illustrated biography that gives particular attention to Jefferson as a Renaissance man and insatiable intellectual curiosity. Kalman sums up Jefferson quite well when calls him "a monumental man with monumental flaws."

    16. An outstanding and honest biography of one of America's greatest citizens. Amazing illustrations and well-researched, interesting information throughout.

    17. Title: Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of EverythingAuthor: Maria KalmanIllustrator: Marikka Tamura Genre: Biography (3-5)Theme(s): Presidents, Slavery, Declaration of Independence, DeterminationOpening line/sentence: Thomas Jefferson had red hair and some freckles (about 20 I think), he grew to be very tall and oh, yes he was the third President of the United States. Brief Book Summary: This books brings the reader on a journey of pages through the life of Thomas Jefferson, who [...]

    18. Grade level: Kindergarten- Third GradeAwards: Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, and Best Books of the Year 2014Summary: Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maria Kalman is a story about our third president of the United States. The story covers all that Thomas Jefferson was interested in including violin, gardening, and learning new languages. This book is great for young readers who are learning about their country's history the good and the bad. This book informs [...]

    19. Summary: This non-fiction text reflects on the life of Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president. Readers will get to know Thomas Jefferson for the person that he was, as an individual. Through his trails and successes, he was able to change the world as we knew it. Evaluation: This book does a great job of captivating audiences of all ages. The colorful illustrations and detailed story line makes it easy for readers to follow along. Jefferson did not accomplished all that he did alone. This [...]

    20. Summary:This book was about our nation's third president, Thomas Jefferson. This book gave an insight into the life of Jefferson, including his achievements and some of his faults. Evaluation:I thought this book was both visually appealing and interesting. One thing I enjoyed the most about this book was that it talked about other important historical figures who existed and worked with Jefferson during this time period. I think when reading this book to the students they would be engaged and ha [...]

    21. Vibrant illustrations, important words are bigger and different fonts, text is related to the illustrations. Informational text uses different writing styles like cursive, large print. Could be introduce presidents and how to write a biography.

    22. Interesting biography of Thomas Jefferson. Lots of interesting tidbits of information about his life, his estate, and his death.

    23. Lots of colorful illustrations, facts that children can relate to, and some hard truths about Jefferson presented in a simple way for young children are included in this book.

    24. I read this book as one of the CLN possible Sibert Award contenders. After reading this book, I had to go back and re-read the criteria for the Sibert Award because I'm not sure how this book can go up against books like The Family Romanov or Eyes Wide Open. It's a picture book and the others I mentioned are much more lengthy with more "meat" to them about their specific topics. It just doesn't seem like books this diverse should be in the same category.Anyway, this book is the story of Thomas J [...]

    25. Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything is a biography on the third President of the United States of America. This book opens readers to a side of President Jefferson that some people might not know about. Most people know that he wrote the Declaration of Independence, but he was interest in everything. To mention a few this book talks about was that Jefferson designed his own home, spoke 7 different languages, was a mathematician and so on. I really enjoyed how this book [...]

    26. Children's BiographyMaira Kalman. Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything (2014). The book is a children’s picture book biography of Thomas Jefferson. It gives general information about his birth, his death, and his accomplishments throughout his life while keeping him relatable and very human. Thomas Jefferson is the 3rd president of the United States of America and he loves his vegetables, especially peas. The book utilizes pictures and stylized fonts to explain differe [...]

    27. Personal Response: I really liked this book for a biography because it is written in a picture book form which could be a lot more interesting for a child rather than reading a chapter book. The pictures are very helpful to follow the book and hold attention. Overall this book would be good to read aloud to a young group a children so they can be introduced to biographies as well. Even though some of the language is difficult it is a good learning experience. Purpose:-read aloud: this would be r [...]

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