|Review of : History for Kids: The Illustrated Lives of Founding Fathers – George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton,
and James Madison (Kindle Edition) Written by: Charles River EditorsReviewed by: Barbara Ann Mojica
Date: March 6, 2013
This well written narrative relates the lives of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison. The introductory passages read like biographies. Readers learn how Madison, Washington and Franklin were born in this country, but that Hamilton came from the West Indies. They had different views on politics. Hamilton and Franklin wanted a strong central government. Madison and Jefferson envisioned a nation of farmers. Hamilton favored a strong central bank and foresaw an industrial society. Madison outlined the three branches of government. Jefferson increased the area of the country by 25% with the Louisiana Purchase. The book is filled with details showing their human qualities. Myths are dispelled; Pictures depict the site where Hamilton was shot in a pistol duel and the weapons used. The illustrations include paintings, sketches, photos and monuments. The editors suggest the target audience ages 7-9. I think it is more appropriate for 9+. Teachers, parents, and students will find this book a valuable learning tool and an enjoyable reading experience.