Those Rebels John & Tom

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Those Rebels, John & Tom
(pub. 1.1.2012)  48 pages 

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor: Barbara Kerley
     and Illustrator:  Edwin Fotheringham

haracter: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

O verview from the jacket flap: 


John was short and stout.
TOM was tall and lean
JOHN was argumentative and blunt.
TOM was soft-spoken and polite.
JOHN sometimes got along with almost no one.
TOM got along with just about everyone.

But these two very different gentlemen did have two things in common: They both cared deeply about the American colonies, and neither cared much for the British tyrant, King George.

With their signature wit, impeccable research, and inventive presentation style, award winners Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham masterfully blend biography and history to create a brilliant portrait of two American heroes who bravely set aside their differences to join forces in the fight for our country's freedom."

T antalizing taste: 

      "The delegates now turned to TOM and his mighty pen to justify why Americans were taking up arms. He lunged, parried, and skewered the policies of King George and his government.
      TOM might be silent in Congress, JOHN realized, but he wasn't afraid to answer King George with his pen."

and something more:   Last spring, I had the pleasure of seeing a pre-publication edition of this terrific book, Those Rebels, John & Tom, at a Highlights Foundation narrative nonfiction workshop co-taught by Barbara Kerley last spring.  It's great to see the published version!
        I thought this was a touching description of Thomas Jefferson and John Adam's friendship, as set forth in the Author's Note:
         "They also reflected on the long passage of years and looked together toward the future. 'I think with you that it is a good world on the whole,' Tom wrote. 'I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern.'
          'I admire your Navigation and should like to sail with you,' John replied. And though old age had robbed him of his strength, he assured Tom, 'While I breathe I shall be your friend.'"

This week's Nonfiction Monday Round-up
is *here* at True Tales & A Cherry On Top!

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And readers ... just click on the blog names below the book covers to read the terrific reviews ...
A Curious Thing
Books with Janet Squires
Ms. Yingling Reads
Apples With Many Seeds
Wrapped in Foil
Jean Little Library
Gathering Books
Great Kid Books
Playing by the book
NC Teacher Stuff
Laura Purdie Salas -
writing the world for kids
RovingFiddlehead Kidlit



Jeff Barger said...

Thank you for hosting, Jeanne! Adams and Jefferson were quite a duo with a fascinating history of admiration and anger.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Thanks, Jeff, for joining the Nonfiction Monday roundup and sharing your great review of JUST DUCKS! I love the words"dabbling" and "upending" that you reference from the book -- I look forward to reading it.

laurasalas said...

Thank you for hosting! I love Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and look forward to reading this new work of Barbara's.

I'm in with a review of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Green.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Laura, Yes! You will enjoy Barbara's new book. I too loved Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. Thanks for your great review of Green -- I know it must be good if YOU say it has great rhyming text. And under 50 words -- wow! Thanks for joining Nonfiction Monday round-up today.

Playing by the book said...

Ha! Your chosen book this week sounds like an interesting read over the Jubilee weekend here in the UK. I personally am not celebrating, but the monarchy and union jack flag are everywhere!

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

Love this, Jeanne!

Today I'm sharing the top circulating graphic novels in our school library. I know that many libraries shelve graphic novels in the nonfiction 700s section of their libraries.


Thanks for posting early - a big help for a busy morning! Mary Ann

shelf-employed said...

Thank you for hosting. I've read Those Rebels John and Tom. It's an interesting presentation of these two lions of American History - nice to see Adams get some attention.

GatheringBooks said...

Thank you so much dearest Jeanne for hosting this week. Fats has written about Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak for nonfiction today. In keeping with our Festival of Asian lit and the Immigrant Experience theme. :) The book that you shared, Those Rebels, John & Tom look like something that would attract a lot of reluctant readers. The book cover looks really cute.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

I love that UK connection! It must be hopping over there. I just flew through London last weekend, and I could feel the excitement for the Jubilee and the Olympics. Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday roundup today.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Mary Ann, I'm interested in your list of graphic novels. When I taught middle school, I remember some students who weren't wild about reading were wild about graphic novels.

Sure! I'm happy to post early, especially since I'm on West Coast time and a lot of you are up way earlier than I am. Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday roundup today!

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Yes, I agree that it's an interesting presentation of these famous American men, and always good to hear a more balanced view. Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday roundup today.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Myra and Fats, Thanks for your nice comment! Yes, there is lots of humor (in the illustrations and the words) of Those Rebels, John & Tom, which pulls in readers. I'll be interested to read Our New Home -- the stories told by the children sound compelling. Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday round-up here today!

Roberta said...

Hi Jeanne,

Thanks you for hosting. I haven't been by Nonfiction Monday for awhile, so it is fun to see what everyone is reading.

The book I reviewed, Dreams Around the World, would tie in nicely with Myra and Fats book.

(I can relate to the West Coast time issue :-))

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Great to see you back, Roberta! Yes, my thoughts exactly about the tie-in to Our New Home reviewed by Gathering Books. I love the idea of asking children around the world about their dreams.

Barbara Kerley said...

Hi all --

Jeanne, thanks so much for introducing the book :)

And Shelf-employed, I am totally with you: by the time I finished researching, I was convinced that Adams belongs on Mt. Rushmore beside Jefferson. What an amazing man he was.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

You're most welcome, Barb! Thanks for stopping by.

Tammy Flanders said...

Thanks for looking after this week's event, Jeanne.
What an interesting list of books.
Apples with Many Seeds.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Tammy, I'm intrigued by the title of your featured book -- How To Land a Jumbo Jet.

Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday round-up here today!

Ms. Yingling said...

Ah, summer. Not nearly as quick with my posts as I am during the school year! I could have done without the information on parasites in Little Monsters, but my students will like it!

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Happy Summer, Ms. Yingling! You deserve to take it slower in the mornings. Hmm... parasites don't sound particularly appealing, but as you said, kids will love the topic.

Thanks for joining the Nonfiction Monday round-up today

Brenda said...

Thanks for hosting. Sorry I'm late to the party. I LOVE the format, so cool.


Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Brenda, Never too late! So glad you participated in today's Nonfiction Monday round-up. And thanks for the compliment :)

Books4Learning said...

Wish I would have had the chance to link up this week. Been so busy. You have a good selection. I have read this one and have contemplated posting about it myself. Thanks for hosting and sharing.