The Founding Fathers! Those horse-ridin', fiddle-playin', book-readin', gun-totin' gentlemen who started America

Jonah Winter, 1962-

Book - 2015

An introduction to the men who put aside their differences to create a new kind of nation.

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Published
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2015.
©2015
Language
English
Physical Description
42 un-numbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781442442740
1442442743
Main Author
Jonah Winter, 1962- (-)
Other Authors
Barry Blitt (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In a series of two-page spreads, Winter and Blitt profile 14 of the nation's founding fathers, detailing their accomplishments, hypocrisies, and humanity. The endpapers identify the "players" on the varsity (the usual suspects) and junior varsity (lesser-known figures) squads, and each spread functions as a sort of trading card. The left-hand page features a large-frame portrait, birth and death dates, and sobriquet. The right includes a short biography and a collection of vital statistics, including everything from height and shoe size to religious views and slave ownership. Winter's informal, occasionally irreverent narrative pairs beautifully with Blitt's practiced political cartoon style. Individually, the pieces offer indelible depictions of these sometime heroes that respect and skewer them in equal measure. Taken together, they deliver a revolutionary Revolutionary history that defies simplification to honor the profound complexities of the origins of the U.S. Back matter includes contextual definitions of historical issues and events. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Pointing out that the expression "Founding Fathers" sounds like the name of a rock band or baseball team, Winter looks into who 14 of these men really were, warts and all: "Thomas Jefferson was sort of a mixed bag. Dude wrote that ‘all men are created equal.' But then he also wrote that blacks were inferior humans!" Winter includes quotations from each man, as well as lists of stats with categories including their wealth, political party, "Stance on France," and "Opinion on Boston Tea Party" (Benjamin Rush was a "huge fan"). Blitt's pen-and-ink caricatures are right in line with Winter's playful tone, as he pokes fun at Washington, Franklin, Paine, and others, while giving readers a strong understanding of why these figures' contributions to the developing nation were so significant. Ages 5–8. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–5—Winter, best known for You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! (Random, 2009), joins news magazine illustrator Blitt in a quick-facts collective biography of 14 American Founding Fathers. Each spread features a full-page watercolor caricature of each man's most famous attribute, with visual and amusingly anachronistic puns (John Jay, "the peacemaker," flashes a 1960s peace sign). The facing page includes a summarizing paragraph, quotations, and a list of facts and statistics (main residence, land owned, "stance on France," and more), supplemented by small cartoons. No women or minorities are featured, but Winter is upfront about his scope: "a bunch of guys…[who wrote] the original rule book for how the game called 'America' would be played." The occasional oddball value ("Zebras Owned: 0") inspires detailed attention to otherwise repetitive lists, while the breezy tone ("Jefferson may've been one smart green bean, but that old Hamilton was pretty smart too") may win some readers' affection, though others may wonder if Winter is trying too hard. Concluding statistical notes and an explanation of important concepts enrich the expository "preamble" from the book's opening pages. This title has a strong balance of serious information and humor. It acknowledges disagreements among prominent figures ("Arguing is what Americans have always done best") and ambiguities in their views (several spoke out against slavery while owning slaves themselves), and it provides detailed but audience-appropriate explanations of how statistics were calculated. A useful reference for American history fact-finding assignments or general history interest.—Jill Ratzan, I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School, Somerset, NJ [Page 133]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An introduction to the Founding Fathers describes the heated exchanges that shaped the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, sharing fact-filled profiles of such historic icons as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A lively introduction to the Founding Fathers describes the heated exchanges that shaped the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, sharing fact-filled profiles of such historic icons as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. By the best-selling author of Barack.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this eye-opening look at our Founding Fathers that is full of fun facts and lively artwork, it seems that Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and their cohorts sometimes agreed on NOTHING…except the thing that mattered most: creating the finest constitution in world history, for the brand-new United States of America.Tall! Short! A scientist! A dancer! A farmer! A soldier! The founding fathers had no idea they would ever be called the "founding Fathers," and furthermore they could not even agree exactly on what they were founding! Should America declare independence from Britain? "Yes!" shouted some. "No!" shouted others. "Could you repeat the question?" shouted the ones who either hadn't been listening or else were off in France having fun, dancin' the night away. Slave owners, abolitionists, soldiers, doctors, philosophers, bankers, angry letter-writers—the men we now call America's Founding Fathers were a motley bunch of characters who fought a lot and made mistakes and just happened to invent a whole new kind of nation. And now here they are, together again, in an exclusive engagement!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this eye-opening look at our Founding Fathers that is full of fun facts and lively artwork, it seems that Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and their cohorts sometimes agreed on NOTHING'except the thing that mattered most: creating the finest constitution in world history, for the brand-new United States of America.Tall! Short! A scientist! A dancer! A farmer! A soldier! The founding fathers had no idea they would ever be called the "founding Fathers," and furthermore they could not even agree exactly on what they were founding! Should America declare independence from Britain? "Yes!" shouted some. "No!" shouted others. "Could you repeat the question?" shouted the ones who either hadn't been listening or else were off in France having fun, dancin' the night away. Slave owners, abolitionists, soldiers, doctors, philosophers, bankers, angry letter-writers'the men we now call America's Founding Fathers were a motley bunch of characters who fought a lot and made mistakes and just happened to invent a whole new kind of nation. And now here they are, together again, in an exclusive engagement!