Friday, May 29, 2015

A Look at a Book: The Founding Fathers!

This summer, I decided to make some updates to my classroom library with some selections from Instructor's 2015 Summer Reading List. Find the downloadable PDF here. Summer has officially arrived this evening, so I started out with a picture book that will be perfect as my new third and fourth graders learn about American government. The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Barry Blitt offers witty, fact-filled biographies of the men who started America.

Warning: May contain spoilers!

This book takes a look at 18th century colonial America during a time of political change. The varsity and jr. varsity squad are comprised of fourteen of the most famous found fathers, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. This atypical look at history includes facts about their hobbies, their opinions on the Boston Tea Party, and their shoe sizes. Which president was a gourmet cook? The founding fathers had residences in Virginia, Pennsylvania, France, and England to name a few. The last founding father died in 1836. How did these marvelous men from varied backgrounds come together to start the United States of America? Travel back in time to the Revolution and learn about the fascinating lives behind some of the greatest men in American history.

This book is a great addition to any non-fiction elementary library. Its unique presentation of the founding fathers will encourage reluctant readers to take an interest in this important time in history.

Have a great start to your summer!