HAYM SALOMON by Susan Goldman Rubin


American Patriot
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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With his knowledge of currencies and gift for languages, Salomon filled a vital niche in the American Revolutionary War. Ever the staunch patriot, he bought and sold goods, secretly worked for the Sons of Liberty, bribed a Hessian guard to escape hanging by the British, helped finance the struggling American cause and attended services at a Philadelphia synagogue. His thanks from the newly formed nation were honorary; none of the loans and funds he advanced was paid back. Both the author and illustrator’s approach in this cheerful picture-book biography are geared to younger readers. Almost everyone shares a rather large and round nose, even the dog. The colorful, full-page art imparts a near-comical feeling that is matched by the conversational tone of the text. Oddly, when recounting all the languages he spoke, Rubin does not include Yiddish—the language of many Eastern European Jews. Not a scholarly or in-depth selection, but certainly an entertaining read for young history buffs. (author note, artist note, glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8109-1087-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007


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