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When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia: What I Learned of Freedom, 1776

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"What did I know of freedom, of all the wild talk of independence that summer of 1776? Ned is just a boy helping his mother run their boardinghouse the summer that a tall, thin man named Mr. Jefferson comes to stay. He and other important colonists are there for the Congress in Philadelphia, to debate their charges against King George in England, which have erupted into a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 23rd 2003)
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Vonnie
Mar 17, 2016 Vonnie marked it as read-picture-books
I love historical fiction. I think for the age group this is appropriate for there could be a bit more detail included, and more depth to all of the characters. I love the idea of using Thomas Jefferson, he was so complex ..but there could have been other figures like John Adams & Ben Franklin included. The pictures & subject matter are awesome but I wish it had told more
Amy
Fun to read a child's point of view of what was happening at the time. I was a bit shocked to spot two dead guys among the paintings. (Depicting skirmishes between the redcoats and the colonists) Sheesh! But I guess that's an important part of the history. People lost their lives for freedom--it was THAT important to them. I read this for a little homeschool activity we did with some friends and the kids were intrigued by hearing a bit about Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence f ...more
(NS) Lauren
Nov 05, 2009 (NS) Lauren rated it liked it
Grade/Interest Level: 2-5

Ned is just a boy helping his mother run their boardinghouse the summer that a tall, thin man named Mr. Jefferson comes to stay. He and other important colonists are there for the Congress in Philadelphia, to debate their charges against King George in England, which have erupted into a violent war. As Mr. Jefferson spends night after night writing in his room, Ned forgets the simple things he wants, like a new cap, and thinks instead about the extraordinary idea everyon
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Mrs. Wynn
Feb 13, 2013 Mrs. Wynn rated it really liked it
Beautifully rendered artwork adds to the story of young Ned meeting the great man. Renting a room in Ned's mother's rooming house in the summer of 1776, Jefferson sets to the task of writing the Declaration of Independence and teaches Ned the meaning of freedom from Britain.
Corinne
Sep 02, 2008 Corinne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young readers/teachers
Young boy learns what freedom means as he interacts with his house guest, Mr. Jefferson. A child's view point of the events of 1776. Colorful, realistic illustrations.
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