February 25, 2018

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Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin | DVD Reviews

The arrival of Barb Rosenstock’s Ben Franklin’s Big Splash makes waves, along with Maira Kalman’s inspired biographies of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Additionally, post-Katrina New Orleans and the civil rights movement are poignantly depicted in The Whole Gritty City and The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Presidents’ Day | Books for Celebration and Study

Presidents’ Day (February 17, 2014) is just around the corner. Combining well-researched content with reader-pleasing formats, the handsomely illustrated titles presented here put the spotlight on America’s chief executives.

Visionaries: Picture Book Bios on Baker, Jefferson, and More | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

A dancer who broke the race barrier. A social outcast who became renowned potter. A pastor who found homes for orphaned boys and made them famous. A man who couldn’t resist collecting books. They faced insurmountable obstacles and their legacy lives on today. The following biographies, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, will inspire kids to follow their dreams.

Pick of the Day: Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud (CD)

Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud. By Suzanne Jurmain. cassette or CD. 30 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4043-6, CD: ISBN 978-4640-4042-9.  $15.75.
Gr 2-4–Suzanne Tripp Jurmain makes early American history more accessible and our founding fathers more human for young students in her book (Dutton, 2011) about the friendship and feud between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. She profiles both the differences between these two men as well as the […]