From the back cover In the sweltering summer of 1787, fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled in the strictest secrecy in the Philadelphia State House to draw up a plan of government for the collection of states, and after four months of emotional outbursts and rousing debates, our Constitution was written. "Assembling attention-grabbing tidbits that illuminate personalities (Franklin observed that if the President's term wasn't limited there'd be no way to get rid of him short of shooting him), re-create conditions in the 18th century (delegates sweltered as windows were shut to keep out noise and flies), and give an excellent feel for the kind of horse-trading that was required before an acceptable document was produced (it took 60 ballots just to settle on the Electoral College). . . . Lively and fascinating, this will be a delightful surprise to any child. ... It is sure to open minds to the interest and relevance of history."
Autobiography of the children's author who travels all over the world and has written stories of things she sees.
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, An ALA Notable Book for Children, and A Horn Nonfiction Honor Book. All he wanted was to be a hero. And to have money and the best clothes. And to be promoted to a ranking major general. Simple, normal ambitions. Not for Benedict Arnold. The trouble with him was that he carried everything too far. Where did it lead? To treason. An Accelerated Reader® Title
A brief biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Discusses the voyages of Christopher Columbus who was determined to beat everyone in the race to the Indies.
Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? Languishing on a sack of salt in his country store? On the floor of the House of Burgesses speaking against England's stamp tax? In the green Virginia woods fishing and imitating birdsongs? At the royal governor's palace being elected governor? The truth is that all his life as planter, lawyer, statesman, things seemed to happen to Patrick Henry on the 29th of May. And no matter where he was he might be orating. Patrick Henry had a good ear (he even taught himself to play the flute when he was stuck indoors with a broken collar bone) and what people called a "sending voice." What he cared most for was his native Virginia and her freedom. Jean Fritz' keen eye for humorous and humanizing detail, her insight into the Revolution, and her unconventional approach make for a revealing and colorful portrait of Patrick Henry --from practical joker to passionate Virginian.
Thomas Savage was just thirteen when he sailed to the New World and was sent to live with Powhatan to learn the Algonquian language and be an interpreter between the Indians and the colonists. Pocahantas was a friendly teacher, and soon he was relaying messages. But as the tensions grew between the groups, Thomas's job became difficult no matter how hard he tried not to take sides. Throughout the violent history of Jamestown, Thomas's position provided a unique view of early America, now illuminated through the incomparable lens of Jean Fritz.
Using her trademark humorous style, Jean Fritz tells the story of Plymouth Rock--the granite boulder upon which it was decided the Pilgrims must have set foot upon their arrival in the New World--telling how it came to be the impressive monument it is today.
In the early days of America when men wore ruffles, rode horseback, and obeyed the King, there lived a man in Boston who cared for none of these things. No one expected Samuel Adams to wear ruffles or pledge allegiance to the King of England, but his friends did think that he might get on a horse. But would he? Never! he said. An ALA Notable Children's Book. Full color. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Traces the life of the French nobleman who fought for democracy in revolutions in both the United States and France.
This book is a third person account of the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of the first signer of the Declaration of Independance. The book describes his complete self centerdness as a young adult and how that led to his rather prominant signature on the historic document.
Introduces the history, customs, beliefs, and accomplishments of people living in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania, and the Americas during the fifteenth century.
With her trademark humor and anecdotal style, the Newbery Honor Award-winner and preeminent biographer for young people turns her attention to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the lively, unconventional spokeswoman of the woman suffrage movement. Convinced from an early age that women should have the same rights as men, Lizzie embarked on a career that changed America.
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