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Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley
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Feb 21, 12

bookshelves: biography, 2012reads, history, kids, nonfiction, picturebook, 2012-pub
Read on February 21, 2012

Like Worst of Friends this covers the relationship between John Addams and Thomas Jefferson, but this focuses specifically on how the Declaration of Independence came to be and ends there. I found the backmatter to be much stronger here than in Worst of Friends with a page-long Author's Note, a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, and direct and specific quotation sources. I thought the text was pretty good, but I found the main weakness to be the illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham. The style of drawing was appropriate with the people looking almost like caricatures, but the color palette of dark blue, red, white and gold was overwhelmingly heavy. I would have loved this as a kids though thanks to my obsession with the musical 1776.
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Kathryn Nice to find a fellow "1776" fan!


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