A delightful read with wonderful illustrations. Anyone who loves reading as much as Thomas Jefferson did and who was unselfishly devoted to promoting literacy is a great person. I liked that the author’s notes did mention he owned slaves throughout his life so that’s an opportunity for discussion. How do you measure the goodness of a man or woman? Can biographies be fair if they just focus on one person’s interest? Does there need to be a disclaimer of sorts to try and be inclusive?
Spunky is how I would describe Josephine Baker. I think I may end up recommending this book to people who are looking for general (or slightly longer) picture books with a female lead character. At least, this one was real! Told in powerful words through verse and images that matches Josephine’s personality, her life practically jumps right out at you. Full of struggles and determination, hardships, successes, downfalls, and triumphs, hers is a name worth remembering.