Friday, June 6, 2014

Jean Fritz Books....

Whenever I pull books off the shelf to decide which to read for a new topic, the kids always pick Jean Fritz titles.  Fritz is an American children's author of history and biographies.  She's been writing for four decades.  We find her books witty and fun while maintaining accuracy to each character's life.  Fritz allows the reader to get a different, more personal perspective on each historical figure she writes. 

I read on a Houghton Mifflin website that,  "In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke."  This must be challenging as a writer, yet so beneficial to the reader studying each of her historical characters.  I appreciate the time and energy Fritz puts into to each historical biography she writes. 

Many of Fritz's titles are recommended reading through Sonlight, TruthQuest History, and Beautiful Feet.  Some of the Jean Fritz titles we've read so far are....

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
King George's Head was Made of Lead
The Cabin Faced West
The Lost Colony of Roanoke
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
The Double Life of Pocahontas
Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
George Washington's Breakfast
The Great Little Madison
Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers
Brenden the Navigator
George Washington's Mother

Are you a Jean Fritz fan?  If you've never tried one of her books, you should!

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