Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

Thomas Jefferson Grows a NationThomas Jefferson Was Than A President And Patriot He Was Also A Planter And Gardener Who Loved To Watch Things Grow Everything From Plants And Crops To Even His Brand New Nation As Minister To France, Jefferson Promoted All Things American, Sharing Corn And Pecans With His Parisian Neighbors As Secretary Of State, He Encouraged His Fellow Farmers To Grow Olives, Rice And Maple Trees As President, He Doubled The Size Of The Nation With The Louisiana Purchase Even In His Retirement, Jefferson Continued To Nurture The Nation, Laying The Groundwork For The University Of Virginia In This Meticulously Researched Picture Book For Older Readers, Author Peggy Thomas Uncovers Jefferson S Passion For Agriculture And His Country And Stacy Innerst S Incredibly Original Illustrations Offer The Right Balance Of Reverence And Whimsy This Is Thomas Jefferson As He S Never Been Seen Before Back Matter Includes An Author S Note On Jefferson S Legacy Today Timeline, Bibliography Place To Visit Monticello And Source Notes This was a lovely book I was inspired by all he did to grow many things It s a nice companion book to studying his many accomplishments I loved the quotes and other interesting nuggets of informationlike his desire to improve Europe s opinion of this beautiful country and his desire to plant and cultivate America. Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation looks at the accomplishments of TJ through his love of growing things highlighting the fact that although he was accomplished in a great many things he was, in his heart, a farmer The majority of the book phrases all of the changes he brought about and challenges he faced in agriculture terms, growth , planting , nurture , weeds , uprooted , etc further highlighting his agricultural focus and background I enjoyed this way of approaching TJ s life it is d Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation looks at the accomplishments of TJ through his love of growing things highlighting the fact that although he was accomplished in a great many things he was, in his heart, a farmer The majority of the book phrases all of the changes he brought about and challenges he faced in agriculture terms, growth , planting , nurture , weeds , uprooted , etc further highlighting his agricultural focus and background I enjoyed this way of approaching TJ s life it is different from many biography books meant for younger kids that focus on his political achievements only and fail to show that he was a farmer Peggy Thomas does a wonderful job demonstrating how passionate TJ was about America and showing the potential agricultural worth of the country to other nations I particularly enjoyed finding out how in his efforts to refute Count Buffon s claims that America was a country of inferior wildlife TJ requested a Moose be hunted and the carcass sent to him and when it arrived he was so excited he opened the box of smelly moose parts in front of guests There is also how TJ risked the death penalty in Italy to smuggle grains of rice out to experiment with them in the American climate I m still trying to decide how I feel about the artwork in Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation It is done in a watercolor style with muted colors I think that the muted colors are trying to invoke the idea of history since many historical documents are now yellowed with age in a similar color scheme to that used in the book but I feel like that might keep some readers from picking up this book Since Peggy Thomas was talking about how TJ wanted to show everyone how vibrant and alive the United States was in terms of plant and wild life brighter colors might have helped to capture that feeling The only other fault I found in this book is that TJ s ownership of slaves isn t mentioned until the afterword Throughout the book the reader is imagining TJ out digging in the soil, planting the seeds, harvesting his hard work but that isn t accurate There are a few references to overseers and TJ inspecting his fields but it wouldn t be clear to most kids that TJ isn t doing physical work In the afterword Peggy Thomas does do a good job pointing out that it is hard to reconcile the words of TJ All men are created equal with the fact that over his lifetime he owned around 600 slaves, but it would have been nice to have it beobvious in the main text there aren t even any slaves depicted in the illustrations Overall I think this is a very interesting book on Thomas Jefferson that approaches he life differently from any other children s book I ve read about him Because of the number of words I would say it is targeted for kids in grades 3 and up though a strong reader would be able to read it earlier than that The approach of this informational book for young readers is definitely different because it references primary sources and focuses on less known facts about Jefferson the farmer and peace commissioner What I don t appreciate is how the text glosses over the land grab that left native Americans without their ancestral territories An uncomfortable topic, to be sure, but it s our history. This was not a typical biographical read about our third president and writer of the worlds most famous breakup letter Thomas Jefferson Instead author Peggy Thomas focused on how Jefferson worked at growing the nations reputation with its diverse plant and animal life The illustrations are adorable and complement the information well Readers should not overlook the informative afterward. It s well researched and interesting with classy drawings I m not sure that there is a wide audience for this, but having been to Monticello myself, I learned new things about Jefferson through this text and it reminded me of the gardens I saw there. Using the lens of plants and some animals, Thomas details Jefferson s contributions to both the political and natural world She deftly conveys a sense of Jefferson s personality as well as his considerable interests and talents on many fronts An artistic rendering of a quote, No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, followed up by a two page spread of Jefferson plowing a field, set up the agricultural metaphors used throughout Thomas then playfully tells of his int Using the lens of plants and some animals, Thomas details Jefferson s contributions to both the political and natural world She deftly conveys a sense of Jefferson s personality as well as his considerable interests and talents on many fronts An artistic rendering of a quote, No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, followed up by a two page spread of Jefferson plowing a field, set up the agricultural metaphors used throughout Thomas then playfully tells of his interest in animals and his dismay over French naturalist Count Buffon s inaccuracies about America s majestic wildlife leading him to send Buffon the femur, hoof, fur, and antlers of a moose When Jefferson was in Europe negotiating trade agreements, he also studied their plants, going so far as to smuggle rice from Italy back to Monticello As President, when he sent Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition, they frequently sent him sketches, notes, seeds, and samples of the plant and animal life they observed His time at Monticello, both before and after his Presidency, focused on improving farming techniques and equipment and his many inventions This book is well researched, with many resources included in the back matter Readers will also find there a timeline and an author s note that includes a brief discussion of the wrestling over an agricultural vs.commercial vision of the new nation as well as of Jefferson being a slave owner Innerst s gouache paintings are mostly earthy tones, with splashes of red accents that pick up on his hair color Some scanned papers and textiles add interest as well as information Both the text and illustrations are somewhat sophisticated, making this a picture book for the older crowd Math and social studies teachers will find many applications for this excellent biography A picture book biography of Jefferson, focusing on his skills as a farmer, cultivator of seeds and of democracy It starts after the American Revolution, when he writes a book on Virginia natural resources to refute the French naturalist Count Buffon s claims that all plants and animals in the United States are inferior to American ones Jefferson becomes minister to France and talks to Buffon in person, but can t convince him otherwise He even has a dead American moose shipped to France It t A picture book biography of Jefferson, focusing on his skills as a farmer, cultivator of seeds and of democracy It starts after the American Revolution, when he writes a book on Virginia natural resources to refute the French naturalist Count Buffon s claims that all plants and animals in the United States are inferior to American ones Jefferson becomes minister to France and talks to Buffon in person, but can t convince him otherwise He even has a dead American moose shipped to France It takes nearly a year for the hunt and then the moose to arrive, having severe shipping difficulties This eventually changed Buffon s mind, though he never rewrote his books Jefferson continues to promote American plants in France, gets trade deals for American farmers, brings back European seeds to experiment with back at home The story goes on as Jefferson becomes Vice President and then President, always eager to find new species of food crops and plants I enjoyed this unique look at this founding father and how he worked to prepare soil for the future with all of that as well as his founding of the University of Virginia Author s note does bring up the contradiction of a slaveholder writing the Declaration of Independence We must decide for ourselves how slavery taints the legacy of Thomas Jefferson Fortunately, his words spoke louder than his actions, says the author Includes bibliography all quotes are sourced, and handwritten in quill by the illustrator I wasn t a big fan of the illustrations but I did appreciate the efforts like that, and using scans of textiles to add texture I find this picture book a bit of a puzzle in the current market While nonfiction picture books are allowed to be longer than fiction picture books, this book defies the odds with one of the highest word counts I ve seen in a picture book published in the last year I was boggled at the amount of text in this book but determined to wade my way through the morass and read it.And given that it is a nonfiction picture book, it also manages to somehow pull off a unique perspective on Thomas Jeffers I find this picture book a bit of a puzzle in the current market While nonfiction picture books are allowed to be longer than fiction picture books, this book defies the odds with one of the highest word counts I ve seen in a picture book published in the last year I was boggled at the amount of text in this book but determined to wade my way through the morass and read it.And given that it is a nonfiction picture book, it also manages to somehow pull off a unique perspective on Thomas Jefferson the farmer who loved plants and all growing things while white washing his history no mention of the slaves he used at Monticello to help with that same farming Given the flack A Fine Dessert received for including a slave in the storyline and the pull from publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington , I suppose I shouldn t be surprised by this last fact Especially as I know it wasn t the focus of this particular book and Lord knows it was long enough already.Instead, this book focused only on Thomas Jefferson growing things What I find additionally intriguing is that the author didn t leave the growing just to plants Ms Thomas includes sly references to Thomas Jefferson planting the seed of freedom writing the Declaration of Independence and watching a nation sprout and grow This is a fascinating book indeed I love to learn about people through picture book biographies like this They don t have enough scope to give you the full story, but they always have enough to teach you something new and maybe spark an interest in reading something else about that person This picture book biography focuses on Thomas Jefferson as a farmer, which to him means a person who is sensible, honest and plainspoken It looks at many of Thomas Jefferson s accomplishments through the lens of being someone who likes to cu I love to learn about people through picture book biographies like this They don t have enough scope to give you the full story, but they always have enough to teach you something new and maybe spark an interest in reading something else about that person This picture book biography focuses on Thomas Jefferson as a farmer, which to him means a person who is sensible, honest and plainspoken It looks at many of Thomas Jefferson s accomplishments through the lens of being someone who likes to cultivate things that will bring about a good future I had never heard the story of the moose that he had sent to France to convince French naturalist Count Buffon that American was just as great and strong as Europe I also didn t know that Thomas Jefferson invented a new type of plow thateasily cut into the earth and lifted clods of dirt away The author s note at the end discusses a bit of the issue with Jefferson and slavery It also has a nice bibliography, a brief timeline of Jefferson s life, and a listing of all the quotes used throughout the book.Although this is a picture book, it isn t really for beginning readers There is quite a lot of text on each page The illustrations seem like they would appealto older students than younger as well This book felt like an overgrown footnote Honestly, I don t think children need to have a book about this aspect of Jefferson s life when they likely don t know his greater historical accomplishments I shudder to think that we might have a sequel all about his violin playing I guess the author, editor, and publisher felt that this was a way to connect with kids but to me it feels dishonest The book s continual referring to Jefferson as Thomas was grating I can understand this kind of th This book felt like an overgrown footnote Honestly, I don t think children need to have a book about this aspect of Jefferson s life when they likely don t know his greater historical accomplishments I shudder to think that we might have a sequel all about his violin playing I guess the author, editor, and publisher felt that this was a way to connect with kids but to me it feels dishonest The book s continual referring to Jefferson as Thomas was grating I can understand this kind of thing in children s biographies about the young whomever, but this is the grown up we are talking about Neither Thomas the author, ironically nor you or I is on a first name basis with Thomas Jefferson It s especially jarring in the pages referring to Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, who is called Buffon not Georges Louis or anything else , where we see Over dinner, Thomas and Buffon spoke of Was this another attempt to make the historical figureappealing to young readers I found the illustrations often ugly and grotesque Some of them reminded me of Terry Gilliam s Monty Python work

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  • Hardcover
  • 48 pages
  • Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation
  • Peggy Thomas
  • 09 February 2019
  • 1620916282