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Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fast-paced account of major American statesmen.

Book Jean Fritz Biography 1975
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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.

Book Details

  • Author: Jean Fritz
  • Illustrator: Margot Tomes
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1975
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Last updated: August 16, 2020

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