Thomas Jefferson Grows A Nation
Thomas Jefferson was more than a president and patriot. He was also a planter and gardener who loved to watch things grow—everything from plants and crops to even his brand-new nation.
  • As minister to France, Jefferson promoted all things American, sharing corn and pecans with his Parisian neighbors.
  • As secretary of state, he encouraged his fellow farmers to grow olives, rice and maple trees.
  • As president, he doubled the size of the nation with the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Even in his retirement, Jefferson continued to nurture the nation, laying the groundwork for the University of Virginia.

Back matter includes an author’s note on Jefferson’s legacy today; timeline, bibliography; place to visit (Monticello); and source notes.
"It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life; the choices made and the method of telling are both exemplary."  Kirkus Review
Thomas like you've never seen him before!
Calkins Creek
ISBN 978-1-62091-628-5
Greades 3 and up
Ages 9 and up


Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
* Silver Eureka! Award for      Excellence in Nonfiction by the    California Reading Association.

*Book of the Year 2015 - Nebraska Farm Bureau.

* Gelette Burgess Award for   American History

* A Junior Literary Guild Selection

* Kansas Reading Circle Selection

* Children's Notable Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA)


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