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When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia: What I Learned of Freedom, 1776

by Ann Turner

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"When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia" by Ann Turner was about Thomas Jefferson going over to the states and he stayed with a family so that he would be able to be in the Continental Congress to write the Declaration of Independence. He taught the boy he was staying with a lot that summer, because they boy was young and didn't understand all of what was going on during these times. He learned that Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence and that they were fighting for freedom. The boy learns what freedom is and what it feels like. This book was different from the other, because it showed more of the happy side of Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence and winning freedom. Everyone was happy in this book. He describes writing "like a breath of fresh air" where as in the last book, he wanted to give up when he didn't think anyone was happy. This book set the tone for happiness and made the reader want to fulfill the joy of happiness as well. ( )
  eburlette | Oct 20, 2017 |
Ned's mother ran a lodge and one day they received a very important guest. This guest was Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson taught Ned about the freedom that their country deserves. This was the summer of 1776 and Thomas Jefferson sets down to the task of writing the Declaration of Independence and he completes his goal. " In mid-June 1776, Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, a date now celebrated as the birth of American independence" (History.com). ( )
  CKISSINGER | Feb 14, 2017 |
This is a story about a boy, Ned and his accounts during a time of war. The art in this book is hand-drawn and oil-painted and it absolutely beautiful and very realistic. It is about Thomas Jefferson coming to Philadelphia and staying with Ned and his mother. Ned is curious and interested in why Jefferson stays up writing all night long. When Jefferson asks Ned if he would be willing to fight for freedom Ned is unsure and a little scared. He is worried about what would happen to his family. In the end freedom is what he wants and he is so excited to experience it. This is historical fiction story and would be very useful in teaching a social studies lesson on American History, Freedom, Thomas Jefferson, or The Declaration Of Independence. Great story. ( )
  mmwrigh3 | Sep 26, 2011 |
this book is a great book to use when teaching about what it is like for children during the end of the revolutionary war. and what it means to have freedom. ( )
  melissaboyd | Jan 24, 2010 |
The genre of this book is historical fiction and it is both fictional and informational. The art in this book is hand-drawn and oil-painted. It is very colorful and looks very realistic. It is about Thomas Jefferson coming to Philadelphia and staying with Ned and his mother. Ned becomes very interested in why Jefferson stays up writing all night long. When he realizes he is trying to gain freedom , Ned wants to become a part of it and fight for freedom as well. The reading level is probably second or maybe even third because of the level on context. The curricular connections are: Thomas Jefferson, King George, England, Philadelphia, Declaration of Independence, and Freedom. ( )
  ceoliver | Mar 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060275790, Hardcover)

What did I know of freedom, of all the wild talk of independence that summer of 1776?

Ned is just a boy helping his mother run their boardinghouse the summer that a tall, thin man named Mr. Jefferson comes to stay. He and other important colonists are there for the Congress in Philadelphia, to debate their charges against King George in England, which have erupted into a violent war.

As Mr. Jefferson spends night

after night writing in his room, Ned forgets the simple things he wants, like a new cap, and thinks instead about the extraordinary idea everyone is starting to talk about -- freedom -- and the incredible changes it might soon bring to their lives.

With hauntingly beautiful words and historically accurate paintings, when mr. jefferson came to philadelphia combines the fictional character of Ned with authentic details about Thomas Jefferson's lodging during the writing of the Declaration of Independence to create a powerfully moving portrait of the spirit that fueled our nation's birth.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:13 -0400)

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In Philadelphia in 1776, Ned meets Thomas Jefferson, who is staying in his mother's inn while debating the topic of freedom in Congress and writing the Declaration of Independence.

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