When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia by Ann Turner
What I Learned of Freedom, 1776

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What did I know of freedom, of all the wild talk of independence that summer of 1776?

Ned is just a boy helping his mother run their boardinghouse the summer that a tall, thin man named Mr. Jefferson comes to stay. He and other important colonists are there for the Congress in Philadelphia, to debate their charges against King George in England, which have erupted into a violent war.

As Mr. Jefferson spends night

after night writing in his room, Ned forgets the simple things he wants, like a new cap, and thinks instead about the extraordinary idea everyone is starting to talk about -- freedom -- and the incredible changes it might soon bring to their lives.

With hauntingly beautiful words and historically accurate paintings, when mr. jefferson came to philadelphia combines the fictional character of Ned with authentic details about Thomas Jefferson's lodging during the writing of the Declaration of Independence to create a powerfully moving portrait of the spirit that fueled our nation's birth.

 

About Ann Turner

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Turner lives with her husband, Richard, and their two children, Benjamin and Charlotte. Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of Wendell Minor is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Ropicture books, including his own "Yankee Doodle America", Robert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moonbert Burleigh's "Into the Woods", and "Reaching for the Moon", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in ", written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Cthe permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress.arle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticu He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com. t. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ned, a fictional boy, meets Thomas Jefferson, who’s staying at his mother’s boardinghouse while he’s writing the Declaration of Independence.

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