cover image Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy

Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy

David A. Adler. Holiday House, $14.95 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-8234-0667-8

A model of clear, coherent writing for children in early grades, this well-proportioned biography amply shows why Jefferson, ""one of our greatest leaders,'' was also ``one of America's most talented men.'' An accomplished writer, scholar, architect, musician and inventor, Jefferson spoke against slavery but never freed his own slaves. Adler refers to Jefferson's family life (most notably his grief when his young wife died) and wide-ranging friendships, including his affection for his colleague, John Adams. The black-and-white drawings in the book, though unremarkable, dovetail nicely with the text. Ages 8-10. (October)