Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt review ì 9

review Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt

Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt review ì 9 ☆ In this rhyming hilarious romp about a little known facet of American history Thomas Jefferson tries to disprove a French theory that those in the New World are puny and wussy by going in search of mammoth bones In the New World called America big changes were a’brewing IndependeEned by America’s new freedom and confidence as embodied by Count Buffon who claims that the “New World was a chilly swampy place filled with puny scrawny creatures every species breed and race” Thomas Jefferson won’t stand his young country being insulted so he sets out to prove Count Buffon wrong He sends people across the country in search of. Why we chose this bookI've been reading a biography of Alexander von Humboldt which T has been asking me about regularly When there is something that would be particularly interesting to him I tell him about it One such thing is Humboldt's relationship with Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson's search for live and fossilized mammoths When I saw Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt I knew it would be a timely fit Simon and Schuster provided a review copyMom's Review VAn entertaining account of Jefferson's attempt to prove Buffon's account of America wrongBefore I get into the specific content of the book it helps to have some background I mean who knows about Jefferson's mammoth search I certainly never learned or taught about it in any school and I expect that my experience isn't uniue And so I doubt most people learned of the disagreement between him and a French naturalist Buffon without even visiting America advanced the view that everything in America was small mean and unable to prosper Jefferson took it upon himself to refute this claim as a matter of personal honor He began to measure and document everything and sought out live and fossilized mammoths he expected that some still roamed the interior Not only is the dispute interesting in its own right but learning about it fleshes out one's understanding of American history an early president and the importance of naturalists during the 1700 1800'sWith that little bit of background my appreciation for Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt can better be understood The illustrations show so much excitement and emotion the story is told in well metered rhyme and the whole book informs and entertains Back matter provides further information about various details in the text as well as suggested readings Overall it was a fun book that allows readers to understand one small episode in the history of science I liked it and I do recommend it especially for kids interested in fossils and competitions Parents of small children should be prepared for conversation however as some explanation of Founding Fathers mammoths and the Louisiana Purchase will be usefulIt has been noted by other reviewers on Kirkus for example and I feel I would be remiss if I did not mention this as well that the individuals who are depicted as working for Jefferson have both light and dark skin They work side by side as euals with no indication that some of them would likely have been slaves Why is this This depiction could in itself be an excellent springboard for discussing why the author and illustrator chose to write and illustrate as they did and what transpired during fossil excavationSon's Review TAge almost 4Son I'm confusedMom What are you confused aboutSon I'm confused why they were hunting for alive mammothsMom Oh Because they didn't know they were extinct What did they find thoughSon BonesMom How would you feel if you found fossilsSon Um Kinda complex and confused because I wouldn't know what to doMom How did reading make you feelSon Happy Why it made me feel happy is because I liked the storyMom What did you like about the bookSon I'll show you my favorite pictureThis is what I liked page filled with fossils in the White House Because then I can s

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In this rhyming hilarious romp about a little known facet of American history Thomas Jefferson tries to disprove a French theory that those in the New World are puny and wussy by going in search of mammoth bones In the New World called America big changes were a’brewing Independence was declared with bold hurrahs and ballyhooing The French feel threat. A fun introduction to a little known but very interesting element of American history Extensive back matter provides additional information including a mention of the untold contributions of people of color I'm not a huge fan of the rhyming text but the subject is of real interest Thomas Jefferson is someone I have always deeply admired but now every time I encounter him in material I have a distinct sadness about his failings The man's intellect and enormous curiosity and multiple contributions to science and our history were incredible so his failings are so sad

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Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth HuntAn animal or animal bones to prove that creatures in the United States are big and strong and worthy Hilarious energetic and a delight to read aloud this book shines a light on this little known slice of American history Included in the back matter are an author’s note who’s who and what’s what from American history bibliography and further readi. Really fun