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Quien Fue Tomas Jefferson? = Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (Who Was/Is...?)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  455 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly the most troubling ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Altea (first published July 1st 2003)
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Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading biographies. Jefferson was a very interesting man, and I enjoyed reading about him in this children's book. I'd definitely recommend reading it to your kids (probably 9 or 10 and older).
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit, 2016, who-is-was
I took my kids to see T Jeff's house, Monticello. I think they enjoyed their visit. I think that maybe they would like to live there themselves, or sit in his box and stare at his vast estate. Impressive house, impressive man.
Andrew Kiley
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a great book and had a lot of information about Thomas Jefferson. I think you should read it. Lots of interesting topics.
I'm currently about 1/5 of the way through an adult biography about Thomas Jefferson so it was fun to see a lot of the same information reiterated in a children's book. It proved to me even more what a valuable resource these books are for children.

*Thomas's father died when he was only 14. His mother died when he was an adult and it was very tragic for him.

*Thomas was a lot better at writing than speaking. He learned by listening to others.

*John Adams wanted him to write the Declaration beca
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read "Who was Thomas Jefferson" by Dennis Brindell Fradin. This book is the story of Mr. Jefferson and how he became one of our founding fathers. Thomas went through a lot in his life, such as his mother dying and only two of his children living to adulthood. He also had many good moments and became very important in the future of America.
I liked this book. I thought it had a nice structure to the way all the information was presented to me. The author made it a story while still telling all
Elle Mathison
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is a good book i ended up reading it after i read a different book because i wanted a short biography about Thomas Jefferson and this book did the job it had a good amount of information for a small book i would suggest this book again
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate author Dennis Fradin's clear writing style, as well as a number of interesting facts I learned about Jefferson. However, I was troubled by how Jefferson's ownership of slaves was downplayed. The topic is addressed, but not sufficiently enough to give readers an understanding of Jefferson's hypocrisy. The man who penned the immortal words "all men are created equal" owned hundreds of people, including his own children by Sally Hemings, a slave who Jefferson first got pregnant when sh ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Source: Textbook pg. 300

I stumbled across this series of books while at the school library with my 4th grade practicum class. I was very intrigued by the entire series, as history is one of my favorite subjects and biographies are some of my favorite types of readings. I picked up a few and briefly looked at them when the librarian came over and told me what a wonderful biography series these books are for older readers, as they have great illustra
Alex Riggs
Who Was Thomas Jefferson by Dennis Brindell Fradin is about the political life, personal life and how Jefferson's desire to eliminate slavery and why he didn't. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, and the third president of the United States. An interesting fact was that he did not want to write the Declaration of Independence, the shy Virginia Statesman refused at first, but then John Adams convinced him to write one of our nation's most important documen ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The name of my book is, Who Was Thomas Jefferson. The setting of my book is in the county of America and part of the book takes place in France. The main character in my book is Thomas Jefferson. The genre of my book is nonfiction. The author of my book is Dennis Brindell Fradin. The story starts when an infant name Tom Jefferson is born. Jefferson's father dies when Jefferson is only 14 years of age and Jefferson was pretty much dead inside when he heard the news. On 1772 Jefferson married his ...more
Clayton Maxwell
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “Who Was Thomas Jefferson?” by Dennis Brindell Fradin was an amazing and interesting book. I wanted to know what Thomas Jefferson did besides being a president. That is why I chose this book.

In the book “Who Was Thomas Jefferson?”, it stated that Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia. He was in a family of eight. Jefferson was actually involved in the First Continental Congress (occurred after the Boston Tea Party), which was a meeting discussing the war. Those are some important eve
Rhiannon Theis
This book wasn't horrible, but it wasn't one of the books that I would choose to read again. I chose this book because I needed another non-fiction book for my reading requirement. Thomas Jefferson had a pretty tough life. Just after his third child was born, his wife died, and guess what she told him. She told him never to remarry. Now you would think that if you were married and were dying you would want your husband to move on and find someone who makes them happy right? Not in this case. Jef ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, kids
Review first published on My Blog.

Children's history of Thomas Jefferson. As with the previous one we read about George Washington, we get a more complete life picture of Thomas Jefferson from childhood through death. I like this as we are able to see more of the whole picture and place the man in his time which helps to give a better idea of who he really was rather than just the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence and then bought the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon. He dealt with a
Mitchell Hieserich
Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd president. He knew how to dance, sing and play an instrument and much more. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. It was not noticed who really wrote the declaration of independence until a while after it was made. Thomas fell in love with a women when he was 21 (I think). She was sixteen at the time and Thomas wanted to propose but he was never really good at speeches. Later on she married someone else and it took years for his broken heart to be f ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
Jefferson's life, contributions, and failings are briefly introduced in a mere 90-some pages of this chapter-format work aimed at the early-grades reader. Lithograph-like line drawings serve to jettison the reader back in time, illustrating the events and persons in a style reminiscent of that period.

Again, Jefferson is such a fascinating figure that any work limited to so few pages cannot begin to do him justice. However, children can glimpse his childhood, his school days, his troubles and tri
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book overall. I learned a lot more about how Thomas Jefferson lived his life before and after being president. I think the author wrote this book to show that his life wasn't always successful. In the beginning of his political career, he was a shy man. He even had to be talked into writing the Declaration of Independence. His coworkers wanted him to write the Declaration of Independence because they knew how good of a writer he was. After he was done being president, he f ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book the I read was titled Who was Thomas Jefferson by Dennis Brindell Fradin. The genre of this book is nonfiction because it was written about a real person. The setting is in Vigrinia and the main characters are Thomas Jefferson and his whole family. This book is about Thomas Jefferson. It tells you about everything important he did in his life and where he went to college and what type of jobs he had. It also tells about the friends he had and how they haloed him. I rate this book 5 out ...more
Shaelyn Hilbrands
It was a pretty decent book. Thomas Jefferson was a very busy person in my point of view. In his early live ho got a seat in the House of Burgesses, and later on he wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was also very talented with his violin. I felt bad for him because his wife had six children when only two survived, and later on Jefferson's wife died. He was devastated, but shortly later he fell in love with his dead wife's sister, and had six children with her. Overall I think Thomas Jeff ...more
Jennifer Pounders
Sep 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like many others who had read this book, quickly learn that the author has not only taken literary license to embellish many of the things about Thomas Jefferson, but some of the information purported to be fact is simply false. This obviously brings the entire content into question for any reader. If you want to learn about Jefferson, get a book by a reputable author that has been historically verified. This book went right into our garbage can for the next generation. I just hope libraries a ...more
I think I am in love with this series of biographies. I run a homeschoolers' group at the library, and I read this in preparation for our session on Thomas Jefferson's birthday. I was so impressed with the way this book presented Jefferson's life. Instead of making everything all sunshine and roses because it's a kids' book, the book covered all aspects of Jefferson's life, the positive AND the negative, in a fairly impartial way. It is also nicely illustrated, which should help younger readers, ...more
Fradin’s Who was Thomas Jefferson? is an exciting look at the life and accomplishments of our third president. The book discusses his many contributions as well as his personal life and home life at Monticello. Not only was he a founding father and statesman, he was also an avid reader, brilliant scholar, creative architect, and a prolific writer who changed the course of history for America and the world. Age 9+
Eric Summers
This book details to the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers. Like most books, it glosses over some of the Jefferson's controversial decisions and life choices. Provides a good overview of Jefferson's life and makes good use of primary sources such as Jefferson's own writings.

While it will not give students a deeper appreciation of history, it does teach them all that they need to know about the "good" parts of Jefferson's life.
Dakota Karras
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I have just finished the book Who Was Thomas Jefferson by Dennis Brindell Fradin. I rated the book 3 stars because it was a pretty good book. The reason it didnt get the other two stars is because it was to short i think they could have added more. The book was about Thomas Jefferson and there was not any one setting because it is based throught thomas Jefferson's life. To give a description of the book it is just Thomas Jefferson's life story. ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Read the 3 of these, Ben Franklin, George Washington and this one, for school to teach the kids. I thought they were well written, easy for the kids, and contained a lot of information, in an easy straight forward way. Thomas Jefferson had a tough life...not that any of them at the time period had it easy, but his was especially rough.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful children’s biography on Thomas Jefferson. This book showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of this important leader who helped to shape the United States of America. What is humorous to me is there is NO WAY he would be elected now with the way Presidential Campaigns are run. Yet he is considered to be one of our greatest Presidents of all time.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was not like every other historical non-fiction book, it was fun and interesting. It presented a ton of facts in a short, easy chapter book form. There was a lot of information about Thomas Jefferson throughout his whole life and everything he did. This book would be a great book for students to look at when they are doing projects on presidents or any historical figures.
Grace H
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have almost always found "Who Was" books very boring, except for this one, it wasn't as boring. I kinda got into the story about him. I thought it would have been hard to cope with so many deaths. He was also really hardworking. The book itself had too many pointless pictures.
Jacob S
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good. I thought they could of added some to parts. To me all they talked about is him writing. I thought they could of talked more about his life and stuff like that. Some of the other who was books where better. Because they added more details. Overall it was good
Ashley Barclay
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I found this book to be engaging and informational. I think that it is a great way to get children. To read about history and great people in our country. I defintly would read more of these books.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was okay. It was pretty boring though.
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The award-winning author of nearly 300 non-fiction books for children and young adults, Dennis Fradin is known for his meticulous research, attention to detail and smooth, graceful writing.

Fradin attributes his success in part to years of teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. In order to hold his second graders’ attention at the end of the day, he would spin stories about crayons in distress and
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