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Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Presidents' Day! Kids' Book Review: John, Paul, George & Ben

This is a fun book to read in celebrating our founding fathers with your children and one of my kids' favorites. It is obvious from the title (Beatle reference) that the book is full of winks to parents. John Hancock writes his name on the board and his teacher replies, "We don't need to read it from space." Paul Revere shouts out a customer's order for extra large underwear. Most of all, I love hearing my children quote Ben Franklin from the book, in horrible British accents, "Fish and visitahs stink aftah three (trill the 'r') days." 

Although the book has somewhat irreverent humor and takes "liberties" with the truth, kids won't find it boring and neither will parents. A redemptive epilogue entitled "Taking Liberties" is found in the back, which sets the record straight about these famous five founding fathers. This book is fun for all.

Reading Level: ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages


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