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Thomas Jefferson: Draftsman of a Nation

A biography of Thomas Jefferson
"Bober has taken on an extremely vital, but difficult, task: writing a history that speaks to young people, black and white alike, in a way that is respectful to both cultures.... She hits all the relevant points that young readers should know about the third president, while adding new perspectives that are always nuanced. The detail is rich and her presentation is elegant."
-Annette Gordon-Reed, author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings: An American Controversy

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution

Think “of this biography as a portrait, but not the smooth, impassive painting reproduced on the jacket, but an intricate mosaic made of colorful bits of fact, emotion, period detail, and letters, letters, letters…. Meticulous research and documentation give the book authority, good writing gives it clarity, and sympathetic understanding give it humanity.”
--Starred, Booklist

A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost

The Vermont Humanities Council chose A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost as the book for their 2008 “Vermont Reads” program. This is a state-wide, year long, one book community reading program that uses young adult level literature to draw communities, schools, and libraries together in reading, discussion, and activities based on one book. In 2008 I made presentations in Woodstock on May 17, Middlebury on September 6, and Brattleboro on October 4.

Other awards: Best Books in the Field of Social Studies; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (Vermont); New York Public Library: 1982 Children’s Books and Books for the Teenage.

Countdown to Independence: A Revolution of Ideas in England and Her American Colonies: 1760-1776

A revolution has been described as a change in human society so large that no one quite understands it. John Adams, describing the American Revolution to Thomas Jefferson in 1815, said:

“As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution. It was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington.”

During those years ideas were the weapons with which Americans and Englishmen waged a revolution. Words of protest did not become deeds of resistance until both sides came to realize that only force could decide the issues that divided the empire.

What were those issues, who were the people, and what were the ideas that they used as weapons? Countdown to Independence attempts to answer these questions.

Let's Pretend: Poems of Flight and Fancy

"For children, the magic of words starts with playing with language and the rhythms with which they sing and play."
--New York Times

Children love to listen to poems; they love the sound of them - the rhythm and rhyme.

Imagination is a wonderful tool! It lets you ask, "Why not?" "What if?" It lets you hope and dream. Poetry says the most important things in the simplest way. It helps us sort out our experiences and give them order and meaning. The poet Robert Frost told us that a poem "begins in delight and ends in wisdom."

"This delightful anthology of poems, with bright and whimsical illustrations by Bill Bell, includes contemporary poets as well as traditional favorites. Ranging from the humorous to the pleasantly scary to the most delicate of poetic imagery, LETS PRETEND provides a fresh, stimulating mix for parent and child to share. Perfect reading for children who are at the age where the love of poetry is ready to be born."

Breaking Tradition: The Story of Louise Nevelson

A biography of the artist Louise Nevelson

Marc Chagall: Painter of Dreams

A biography of the artist Marc Chagall

William Wordsworth: The Wandering Poet

A biography of the poet William Wordsworth