Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

Ms. Kalman dives into the biography of Thomas Jefferson with her very colorful and quirky gouache paintings. Her focus isn't on the facts of his life (though some are mentioned and there's a notes section in the back if you want to know more). She paints a full picture of Jefferson through his peculiarities and passions: his love of learning, music, gardening and his estate, Monticello. Also mentioned is Jefferson's inconsistency over slavery and his relationship with Sally Hemmings, told with honesty but not overdone. 
This is a fun biography, with colorful pictures, interesting typography and a focus on Jefferson the man.
Maira also has another biography about Lincoln ("Looking at Lincoln") which I'm sure is as fun a read for kids.

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