John, Paul, George & Ben: Lane Smith


John, Paul, George & Ben 

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: A tongue-in-cheek look into the idiosyncrasies of the 5 little boys who were to become America’s Founding Fathers.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Who are John, Paul, George, Ben, and Tom?  (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson)  Discuss the term “Founding Fathers” and why we called them this.  Discuss the history surrounding the revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence
  • What are the boys’ individual traits?  How did their particular personality help during America’s road to independence, according to the book?
  • Fact vs. fiction: look up some of the details in the book to see if they are true or false (some are provided in the back)

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, first president, etc.
  • Informational vs. narrative books/facts vs. fiction

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Facts vs. fiction notes at the end of the book
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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