Meet Thomas Jefferson by Martin Barrett

December 3rd, 2009 by

meet_thomas_jefferson_martin_barrettReviewed by: Aaron, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Do you like Biography books? If you do, you should read, “Meet Thomas Jefferson.” This book tells you about his life. He was known for writing important papers. He signed the Declaration of Independence. This book is great! Read it!

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.

Houdini: Master of Illusion by Clinton Cox

December 1st, 2009 by

houdini-by-clinton-coxReviewed by: Kathy, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

My book about Houdini was fantastic, but what;s sad is that he was poor in his childhood and has to work to help his family live. But, he had fun working with his brother Theo on magic tricks. One of the tricks he did was very cool and how he did it was fantastic. If you wnat to know how he did his tricks, just read this book. I think it was cool how Houdini got married twice to the same girl. But I’m not telling who.

Did you know that he was a master at unlocking locks? One example of this is when the officers of the town came with a new lock. They wanted Houdini to try to get out. When Houdini got in, he immediately tried to unlock the lock. But it wouldn’t budge. Hours passed, but it still wouldn’t budge. Houdini got frusterated and just pushed on the door and it opened. So really it was just the lock in his own mind. So I think the biography about Houdini is amazing. I think you should read this book.

Meet Andrew Jackson by Ormonde de Kay, Jr.

December 1st, 2009 by

Andrew Jackson, our 7th President

Andrew Jackson, our 7th President

Reviewed by: Eric, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

I like this book becuase it has a lot of facts about Andrew. Did you know he got shot in the chest? Read the book to find out if he died. Do you think he was preseident, a general of war, or both? Some other fun facts about him is that him and his wife adopted 7 kids. He married the same woman twice! The last fact is that Andrew’s mom and brother died from smallpox. To find out more information, read this book!

Christopher Reeve

December 1st, 2009 by

Reviewed by: Meg, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★½

My book was amazing! I read a biography on Christopher Reeve. I loved it because it had a lot of descriptive words. I was so blown away by the writing. I liked the part when the author talked about his big accident in 1995. Do you want to learn more about Christopher Reeve and his big accident? Than I think you should read”Christopher Reeve”. I hope you like the book as much as I did.

Douglas Macarthur: An American Hero by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg

December 1st, 2009 by

Douglas-Macarthur-An-American-HeroReviewed by: Blake, Age 10 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

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I loved the book because its about a man named Douglas MacArthur who is in the military. Did you know he didn’t follow orders from the president? I think you should read it because maybe you want to learn about the military. In this book I learned all about his life. When you read this book you’ll be amazed with all the details they talk about. Also, the book has every detail of his entire life. You should really read this book. I recommend this book to people everywhere.

Abraham Lincoln (In Their Own Words) by George Sullivan

December 1st, 2009 by

in-their-own-words-lincolnReviewed by: Dean, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Hi I am Abraham Lincoln. I am writing a summary of my life.
I was born on Feb. 12th 1809 in Hardin County, Kentuckey. Both my parents were born in Virginia.
I have a wife and four children. My first child Robert was born on August first,1843. My second child Edward, was born in 1846, three years after my first son. My third son Willam was born Dec. 21st 1850. MY fourth son was named Thomas after my dad on April fourth,1853.
I became president in 1861 and served two terms and then died in a theater in Washington and my wife was to sad to go to my funeral.
I learned all those facts from my book.

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