Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation: Discover the story of an enlightened Founding Father and farmer

★ “Thomas’s engaging text is thoroughly researched, with solid source notes for each quotation. Historical details and illustrations are blended perfectly. Rendered in gouache on paper, the art has a slyly humorous quality, with Innerst adding a hint of Jefferson’s distinctive red hair color in the tones and shades on most pages.” – School Library Journal, starred review

“It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life… exemplary.” – Kirkus Reviews

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, August 2015 – Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, announces the publication of THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS A NATION, written by Peggy Thomas, with illustrations by Stacy Innerst. This picture book on Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s most influential men, paints a fresh portrait on the founding father.  The book will be published in September, 2015.

Thomas Jefferson loved to watch things grow—everything from plants and crops and trees to even his brand-new nation. As president, Jefferson doubled the size of the United States and explored its vast lands. Even in retirement, Jefferson continued to nurture his country for future generations. Author Peggy Thomas and illustrator Stacy Innerst relied on extensive research and Jefferson experts to create a completely original portrait of this passionate patriot and planter. The book includes Jefferson quotations, an author’s note on Jefferson’s legacy today, a timeline, a bibliography, and source notes.

Written by Peggy Thomas/Illustrations by Stacy Innerst * September 2015 * Nonfiction * 48 pages
Ages 9 and up * Grades 4 and up * Hardcover * 978-1-62091-628-5 * $16.95 US * $21.00 CAN

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