JOHN ADAMS  by Carolyn P. Yoder

JOHN ADAMS

The Writer: A Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents
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Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. He had a bad temper, was plagued by poor health and was insecure about his place in history. One quotation in this treasury makes him sound as if he’s of the email generation: “I write too much to write well, and have never time to correct any thing.” Yoder arranges excerpts from letters, diary entries and other documents chronologically, each preceded by commentary to explain it. Photographs of paintings, woodcuts, engravings, busts and even of a police car in modern-day Quincy, Mass., add visual appeal to this hodgepodge of a volume, though the captions are often carelessly written. A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59078-247-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




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