The Hatmaker's Sign by Candace Fleming
A Story by Benjamin Franklin

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To heal the hurt pride of Thomas Jefferson as Congress makes changes to his Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin tells his friend the story of a hatmaker and his sign.

About Candace Fleming

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Candace Fleming spent two years researching this book ? from spending time in archives and libraries to learning how to play a steam calliope, riding an elephant, winning (and wearing) a red rubber nose at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus when it came to Chicago, and even walking the tightrope (two feet off the ground) at Ringling Brothers? former winter quarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Robert Andrew Parker has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including THE HATMAKER'S SIGHN (Orchard Books) and, most recently, SLEDS ON BOSTON COMMON (Simon & Schuster). His POP CORN AND MA GOODNESS was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Parker lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
Published March 1, 1998 by Orchard Books (NY). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoping to soothe his friend, Ben Franklin quietly told him the parable of the hatmaker, who had designed a sign for his shop: ``John Thompson, Hatmaker, Fashionable Hats Sold Inside for Ready Money.'' After his wife, Hannah, suggests one phrase be deleted, Thompson shows his revised design to oth...

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Fleming (Gabriella's Song) offers a piquant retelling of a story that master raconteur Benjamin Franklin relayed ""to heal the hurt pride"" of Thomas Jefferson, whose draft of the Declaration of Independence was being picked apart by the quibbling Continental Congress.

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