A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry was a consummate communicator who knew how to stir a crowd by "sending" his voice. This fast-paced account of one of America's most influential statesmen retraces Henry's happy Virginia childhood and his career in American politics. A quick read, with lots of illustrations, both color and black and white.
Is it any good?
Youngsters will enjoy this quirky book's early passages, with ample description of kid's stuff: swimming holes, walks in the woods, fishing. The second half outlines Henry's adult life, which parallels one of the most significant eras in American history. The background information in the author's note could have been easily absorbed into the text; doing so would have made some passages more interesting. While the drawings are simple, the most interesting illustrations show off Henry's many personalities: the lazy youth reclining on a sack of salt; the inspired, wildly gesturing orator.
May 29, Patrick Henry's birthday, was occasionally an eventful date in his life of Patrick Henry -- he was elected Virginia's governor.