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Fireboat : Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (06 Edition)by Maira Kalman
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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.
Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but theres so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves.
As she did in Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman shares a presidents remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text and stunning illustrations.
"In a starred review, PW wrote, 'In relating the heroic role of the John J. Harvey on September 11, 2001, Kalman intelligently conveys those unfathomable events in a way that a picture book audience can comprehend.' Ages 3-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboatof its time, but by 1995, the city didn't need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then, one sunny September day in 2001, something so horrible happened that the whole world shook. And a call came from the fire department, asking if the Harvey could battle the roaring flames. In this inspiring true story, Maira Kalman brings a New York City icon to life and proves that old heroes never die.
The inspiring true story of the "John J. Harvey"--the retired NYC fireboat that was reinstated into emergency service on September 11, 2001--is told, bringing a New York City icon to life and celebrating the energy and hope of a place and its people. Full color.
About the Author
In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines. cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
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