The events of the American Revolution are seen through the eyes of young John Quincy Adams as he copes with separation from his father, finds courage in the strength of his remarkable mother, and enjoys Boston's celebration over the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Gr. 3-5. Meet John Quincy Adams, eight years old and living on his family farm in 1775. Pa's away at the Congress in Philadelphia but drops in or sends a letter from time to time to keep everyone (characters and readers) informed on the road to independence. With an uneasy mixture of fact and fiction, this book takes on too much: it tells about the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, introduces readers to the Adams family, and shows how the war affected their lives on the home front. Meanwhile, the prologue and epilogue fill in the historical background facts, the maps are cluttered with hand-lettered fast facts, and the story sinks under the weight of the information cargo it tries to carry. The book's most successful feature is its artwork: panoramic watercolor paintings that give the period an appealing air and the people real personality. There's an exuberance in the pictures that elevates the text. Despite its flaws, libraries may want to have copies of this on hand for teachers seeking picture books set in the period. Carolyn PhelanFrom Publishers Weekly:
As she did in Three Young Pilgrims , Harness here relies as much on her ample storytelling skills as on her impressive artistic abilities to tell this edifying story of John Quincy Adams's early years. The narrative opens in the spring of 1775, as eight-year-old Johnny helps with the chores in his family's Massachusetts farmhouse while his father attends the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The author chronicles the boy's home life, alluding to the historical events leading up to the outbreak of the American Revolution. The highlights of the war are then accessibly recapped with the help of paintings and illustrated maps embellished with painstakingly lettered notations about key incidents and individuals. Completing the volume, a brief account of Adams's adult years mentions his tour as a diplomat, his single term as the sixth president and his service in the House of Representatives until his death in 1848. Ages 5-10.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027426440
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv). LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0027426440 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0005832