Book Talk Thursday with Guest Blogger Melissa! July 4th Fun!

Vacation is wonderful, isn't it!  Welcome, Melissa for another day of fun!

Hi wonderful readers! It's Melissa from Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late! Andrea and I decided to do a little switcheroo today for...

Remember that this is a linky, and we would LOVE to have you join in! Feel free to share any book. It could be a children's book, professional development, or even just a book you're reading for pleasure (I'm hoping to do a lot of that this summer).

Before I introduce my book, can I just say a few nice things about Andrea? (And no, she's not paying me to do this). When I found out that I would be moving from 4th grade to Title I last year, I freaked a little. I mean, I had already found a few great resources for 4th grade teachers, but I had NOBODY in the blogging world that was a reading specialist. So, I actually used the search function on blogger. It's not very easy to use, but I knew these blogs had to exist and I was determined to find them. Andrea was among the few that I found, and she immediately responded to my desperate plea for help! It was just an added bonus that we're in the same state. She's SUPER sweet, and I'm so glad to be able to count her as a friend!

Okay, now for business. Since we're about a week away from July 4, I thought I would share my absolute favorite picture book.

If you haven't already seen this book, RUN to the nearest book store/library and read it! Maybe it's just me and my obsession with history, but I think it also has to do with the fact that Lane Smith is hysterical. Seriously, I don't feel complete until I read this book to every single class I work with.

The book introduces 5 of our nation's founding fathers (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson) as children. He takes some liberties here while throwing in facts about each. For instance, it talks about how Paul Revere was noisy because he spent too much time in the bell tower. He helped out in his family's store and was constantly yelling out orders, which was not only annoying but embarassing at times, too!

It doesn't stop at their childhood, though. Smith ties everything in about how each man used their "talents" to step up during the American Revolution.

I actually created a resource based on this book earlier this year (sorry for the shameless plug). It includes a biography sheet (that can be used with the book OR separately), character splash sheets for each of the founding fathers, and a planning sheet for creating a story about another person in history.
And just because, I am going to have this on sale (20% off) until Thursday! This is only in my TPT store, so grab it quick. Then be sure and link up with your favorite books. I can't wait to see what everyone else is reading!

Thanks, Melissa for such a great book review!  This is a fun read, and I will have to pick it up to read again!  Don't forget to link up!!


  1. This looks like a great book. :) I look forward to this linky each week. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. It is a fun book to read! Hope you link up again this week, Brandee!


  2. I love John, Paul, George & Ben! Our music teacher even wrote a song about it because it was one of our books of the month a few years ago. I'll have to see if I can get it for you.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits


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