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Those Rebels, John & Tom

by Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Published by Scholastic Press, 2012
48 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45-222686

Ages 69

John Adams loved to argue. Thomas Jefferson hated it. John Adams was a lawyer who liked to farm. Thomas Jefferson was a lawyer who liked to design and build. Still, 搕hey both cared deeply about the American colonies, and neither of them cared much for George. That would be King George, the 搕yrant (they both agreed on that, too) who ruled the colonies. Author Barbara Kerley and illustrator Edwin Fotheringham have again collaborated to create a spirited and informative picture book history梚n this case, about two men who found common ground on which to form a new nation. Among other things, it was bold John who persuaded shy Tom to put his pen to work creating what would become the Declaration of Independence. In an author抯 note, Kerley describes the two men抯 later falling-out over how the new country抯 government should be structured and how they eventually 搈ade peace with their differences. Source notes for all quotations are included in this whimsical yet illuminating account.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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