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Getting To Know the U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson

Another one of MiKe Venezia’s biographies, with its humorous cartoon illustrations, hilarious asides, and fascinating Kid-friendly information, has been made into an animated film. It doesn’t get any better than this! This production, adapted from his book Thomas Jefferson: Third President (Children’s Press, 2005) is a delight. Jefferson narrates the story of his life. He talks about his Childhood, family life, hobbies, and rise in politics. Slavery is also addressed.

Along the way, viewers are treated to a nice overview of the American Revolution and the subsequent formation of a new nation. Jefferson’s role in it is highlighted, especially his part in the writing the Dedaration of Independence, his time as Secretary of State and Vice President, and his two terms as President. Original patriotic-sounding music bounces in the bacKground as the cartoon illustrations, and even some historical paintings, are animated; some touches are reminiscent of Monty Python.

Humorous dialogue, great visuals, solid facts, and a Kid-friendly presentation make this a winner.
– Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA