Thomas Jefferson: A Day at Monticello

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 In this fascinating story, readers spend a day with Thomas Jefferson as he and his grandson visit the vast plantation of Monticello. Readers learn about Jefferson; the gadgets and household items that he reinterpreted and the plow he invented; the famous house; the surrounding farms with their gardens, fields, factories, and mills; the workshops of the enslaved people on Mulberry Row; and much, much more.
The book is illustrated with archival as well as newly commissioned illustrations and includes a timeline, bibliography, and index.

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"The illustrations include excellent photos of sites, artifacts, and documents as well as paintings that extend the text. The lightly fictionalized, engaging narrative, which includes many conversations, is bolstered by sidebars offering additional information..."
--Booklist

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After finishing this beautifully illustrated book, also stocked with abundant photographs of artifacts housed at Monticello, readers will be left more curious than ever about the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson."
--School Library Journal
 

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Elizabeth V. Chew is the former curator of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mark Elliott is an award-winning illustrator. He lives in Connecticut.

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Gr 5–8—After finishing this beautifully illustrated book, also stocked with abundant photographs of artifacts housed at Monticello, readers will be left more curious than ever about the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson. This is not to say that the book does not cover many of the most interesting aspects of his life and his idiosyncrasies; indeed, it certainly does that. Instead, it tells just enough about Jefferson so that anyone, young or old, might be enticed to learn even more. Readers will feel as though they are spending the day alongside him, watching his every move. Jefferson's meticulous habits, such as recording the weather conditions and temperature several times a day and daily letter writing before breakfast, give young people a flavor for the kind of detail-oriented man he was. Theye get the sense that he never stopped thinking of ways to improve everyday life, whether through the inventions he was always designing or the deep intelligence he demonstrated in his approach to solving problems. By following him around Monticello for a day, children only get a brief glimpse of his role as president, but it's enough to whet anyone's appetite to seek more. Though the author may have taken a few liberties in representing casual conversations Jefferson might have had with other people in his daily life, the facts about his life are well documented. This would be a splendid addition to any study of the early 1800s in the United States.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

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