Books by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

NICE WORK, FRANKLIN! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A solid, immensely readable introduction to a complex man, in a complex time of history. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The 32nd president faced many challenges, including enduring and overcoming a difficult illness and helping to cure an economic sickness of the nation. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A pleasingly lucid look at a complicated relationship, it should prove revelatory to an audience unaccustomed to such nuance. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Though John Adams and Thomas Jefferson "...were as different as pickles and ice cream," they were able to work together to fight for America's independence—for a while.

In the late 1770s, they developed conflicting ideas about government and aligned with opposing political parties. When John Adams was elected as the second U.S. president, Jefferson was elected vice president. This exacerbated their rocky relationship, and when Jefferson was ultimately elected president over Adams, their friendship ended. Over a decade would pass before they spoke again. The team that created George Did It (2005) now brings to light both the trials and tribulations of these two notable leaders and the turbulence of early American politics. Energetic watercolor-and-pencil drawings accurately represent the late 18th century, showing the dress, style and architecture of the period. Feisty narration paired with amusing illustrations makes light of sticky situations, as when Jefferson physically restrains an angry Adams from assaulting King George and Adams moves himself out of the White House in the dead of night. Although quotations are not specifically sourced, the selected bibliography reveals a wealth of research, including several primary sources. Read full book review >
GEORGE DID IT by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

Jurmain catches the Father of His Country wrestling with anxiety in this amusing historical anecdote. Having competently guided the Continental Army to victory and helped to shape the Constitution afterward, George longs for a well-earned retirement—but no, now he's under pressure to become the fledgling country's first president. Contemplating the job's daunting challenges, he accedes only with great reluctance. Feeling (he writes) like a criminal "going to . . . his execution," he borrows some money for travel expenses and undertakes the triumphal journey from Mount Vernon to the temporary capital in New York. There, after a few glitches (no one remembers to bring a Bible, for instance), he's sworn in, delivers a stumbling, mumbling speech, then quietly walks back to his office and rolls up his sleeves. Day captures George's nervousness, and the lighthearted tone of Jurmain's account, with informal but respectful scenes of the tall, beak-nosed dignitary looking every inch the great leader even when sweating in summer's heat or lifting up his diminutive wife for a farewell smooch. An unusually intimate point of view for this audience. (source list) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)Read full book review >