Our Founding Fathers will be forever remembered for their actions to lay the foundations of America for future generations to live in freedom and peace. However, a lot of people do not know the backstories of these famous men. Lane Smith opens up our eyes in this book 100%
The main figures of concentration in this book happen to be John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. For example, Lane Smith lets us know in her book that John Hancock , as he would be famous for later, was a master at penmanship as a young lad. Meanwhile, Paul Revere, as a youngster, pulled the bell at Boston's Old North Church. Witty can be an excellent word to describe this children's book, for Smith writes, in a amusingly way, that bell ringing caused poor Paul to raise his voice, and his loudness would only be appreciated on his historical night ride to warn the Bostonian natives of the arrival of the redcoats!
Right in the middle of the book, the author lets us, the readers, know that little George Washington was honest all the way, especially when he dared to chop down his old father's cherry tree! Then, we learn from Benjamin Franklin, in this book, that he was clever and quick-witted with sayings as friendly advice to all he encountered. Finally, for Thomas Jefferson, Lane writes that little Thomas Jefferson was highly independent.
Review: As a history buff, I believe that this children's book is an incredible read for both children and adults interested in the history of our Founding Fathers. Lane Smith does this beautifully, but both his words and his illustrations make it more interesting for kids to read and relate to. Finally, the most remarkable part of this children's book is that the author shows us, through added historical facts, that these great men used their skills to good use as Sons of Liberty to set America on course for a better future during the American Revolution. Great book to teach children about the power of using skills for the betterment of mankind! Elementary school teachers should definitely use this book as a class resource to provide interesting backstories of these famous Americans for their students to learn from and cherish.