Thomas Jefferson: The Third President of the United States by Helen Johnston

December 3rd, 2009 by

Reviewed by: Savanah, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★½☆

Do you want to find out more about Thomas Jefferson? Do you want to know how he died? Well then read this book! The book has thirteen facts. A couple of these facts are that Thomas Jefferson was married when he was twenty-three. His daughter and his wife’s names were both Martha. His wife, Martha, died at the young age of 56. My favorite fact of theis entire book is that he got married October 30, 1768. This fact makes me happy. If you want to find more facts then read this book!!

Dynamic Duo! Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

December 3rd, 2009 by

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan, July 1888

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan, July 1888

We recently received an influx of great book reviews (I suspect from a classroom in Indiana :)), and a lot of them are of the Biography genre. I had a lot of fun reading and posting these book reviews to the Reviews by You(th) section of Kidsmomo, and I hope anyone visiting finds a historical figure they’d like to read about!

My favorite person to read about growing up were Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Despite becoming blind and deaf at a young age, Helen Keller learned to communicate by sign language, with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan (who was partly blind herself!)  She even learned how to speak, even though she couldn’t hear a word she was saying, and gave speeches around the country. Helen Keller eventually wrote an autobiography, The Story of My Life. But before you dive into that (it’s pretty dense), check out some of these biographies about Helen and Anne. That’s right — I know them so well, I’m on a first-name basis with them).

About Helen Keller:

  • Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
  • Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katharine Wilkie and Robert Doremus

mrs-spitfire-reaching-helen-kellerAbout Anne Sullivan, her teacher:

  • Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
  • Helen Keller’s Teacher by Margaret Davidson
  • Miracle Worker (a play) by Willim Gibson

When Karen gets back from vacation (Yup, it’s just me alone here, holding down the fort), we’ll brainstorm about having Biographies as a Weekly Theme!  What do you guys think of that?

And as usual — Continue submitting book reviews!

— Nancy

Lewis and Clark by George Sullivan

December 3rd, 2009 by

lewis-and-clark-george-sullivanReviewed by: Jack, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★☆☆

“Lewis and Clark,” was a good book. The reason I didn’t love the book was because it needed more action. I did like the part about Sacagawea leading Lewis and Clark because you really don’t see strong women in history. I was surprised to see that Clark raced children! It was crazy that Clark did not lose to the kids. Lewis and Clark were great leaders. Read this book if you want to become smart!

George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President by Justine and Ron Fontes

December 2nd, 2009 by

george-washington-soldier-hero-presidentReviewed by: Claire, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

I like George Washington Soldier, Hero, President the book becaus eit gives you great facts about George Washington. One of the facfs are that he was born in 1732 in the book. He died in 1799 in the book. Find more and more fun facts about George Washington in the book. I hope you like the book.

Also check out Brandon’s review of this book!

In Their Own Words: Thomas Edison by George Sullivan

December 2nd, 2009 by

thomas-edison-george-sullivanReviewed by: Noah, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★½

Do you want to see the first lightbulb? Or do you want to see the birth of the film industry? No matter which one is your choice, this book is your key. Read as Thomas Edison creates his first invention to his very last patent. Did you know Thomas was the last of eight children? If you like inventions, this book is for you.

Pocahontas by George Sullivan

December 2nd, 2009 by

Reviewed by: Genevieve, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Hi. I’m Genevieve. Do you know a lot about Pocahontas? Well I do. Did you know she was born in 1595 and died in 1618? I found that information in the book, “Pocahontas.” Did you know she got an illness? A few days later she died. If you want to learn more about her, check out the book, “Pocahontas.”

Also, check out Ellie’s review of Pocahontas by George Sullivan!

George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President by Justine and Ron Fontes

December 2nd, 2009 by

george-washington-soldier-hero-presidentReviewed by: Brandon, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Read this book if you what to know more about George Washington. Did you know that George Washington had small pox when he was 19 years old? I thought that you could have kids after you have had small pox, but George Washington couldn’t. So , he married a girl because she already had two kids. They had a nice family. I hope you will read this book.

Also check out Claire’s review of this book!

Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner

December 1st, 2009 by

meet-george-washingtonReviewed by: Claire, Age 9 from Indiana

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Rating: ★★★★★

Hi, I am George Washington. Did you ever wonder why I was in the war? you will figher out in the book.Was I ever in the war? Figher out in the book. I was born 1732. he died in 1799.i love this book because it has real facts about my real life time. Learn more read the book.

Meet Christopher Columbus

December 1st, 2009 by

Reviewed by: Aria, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Have you ever wondered how Christopher Columbus lived? My book says everything you need to know about him. If you like to read like my big sister, you will love this book. This book takes place all over the world. Did you know Christopher sailed the Mediterranion Sea? You will learn more about Christopher Columbus when you read the book.

The Story of Pocahontas by Caryn Jenner

December 1st, 2009 by

story-of-pocahontasReviewed by: Anastasia, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Hi! My name’s Pocahontas. If you like books, then you shoudl read my book. The story of Pocahontas is by Caryn Jenner. This book talks about my life. I (Pocahontas) met some different people like my dada. His name is Powhatan. He is chief of 14,000 indians. There also is John Smith. He was Pocahontas’ friend. John Roffe was her husband. This book tells you a lot about indians. I also helped the indians and settlers make peace. This book is a great book for all ages.

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