Monday, June 4, 2012

Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain


Worst of Friends: 
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
illustrated by Larry Day
Library
Picture Book
2011

Book Jacket Summary
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were good friends with very different personalities. But their differing views on how to run the newly created United States turned them into the worst of friends. They each became leaders of opposing political parties, and their rivalry followed them to the White House. Full of both history and humor, this is the story of two of America's most well-known presidents and how they learned to put their political differences aside for the sake of friendship.

My Thoughts
Fights between friends can be tough but when it involves the future of a whole country, even the most level-headed of friends can fight. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were really good friends but a difference of opinion on how powerful the president of the United Sates should be divided them. They were rivals for many years before they put aside their differences at a very old age. This was an interesting history lesson that children can easily understand, with a bit of knowledge on America's past.
It comes with a selected biography and a forward about different president's friendships and enemies through history. The art work is good and humorous at times. Jefferson puts an "out to lunch" card on his desk rather than face the Federalists coming to complain. I would recommend this one for classrooms in elementary schools because it will give an interesting spin on the text book history. It will humanize the two presidents and give background history on the men.

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