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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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Jerald Belofsky
My frist impression of the illustrations: photorealistic portraits of some characters clashes with the more typical softer children's book depictions. Jefferson looks like someone you would see in a diorama at the a museum of natural history. There really is no story to speak of unlike some of the other excellent tales Turner has written.
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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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Ann Warren Turner is a children's author and a poet.
Ann Turner wrote her first story when she was eight years old. It was about a dragon and a dwarf named Puckity. She still uses that story when she talks to students about writing, to show them that they too have stories worth telling.
Turner has always loved to write, but at first she was afraid she couldn't make a living doing it. So she trained
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