YOUNG JOHN QUINCY by Cheryl Harness


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Age Range: 6 - 9
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 ``Johnny's'' father is away at the Constitutional Congress when this book opens; it will be another year before the Declaration of Independence is written. Meanwhile, his mother- -Abigail Adams--keeps the family together at their farm and, later, in Boston. Many details of art and text don't match here: a scene said to be in a ``red sunset'' appears in full daylight; a starry summer scene occupies half a spread, opposite a snowy page, and the intended blending effect is confusing; the family is all but offstage in a scene in which Ma ``drove the wagon'' while the text mentions them sitting around a table discussing the trip. Notes, maps, diagrams and bibliography provide further context, but--as she did with Three Young Pilgrims (1992)-- Harness makes historical incidents nearly incomprehensible by densely packing her pages with name- and event-dropping. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-02-742644-0
Page count: 48pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1994


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