Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

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Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; Paperback
Ages: 9-12
Period: The Constitution, Revolutionary War; Non-fiction

John Hancock had everything a boy could want. He lived in a beautiful house, wore fancy clothes, and ate the most delicious food. When his uncle died, he became the richest man in New England. This wasn't enough, though, because John wanted everyone to like him. Most people did, but one most certainly did not--King George of England. John refused to pay taxes to the king, and to show the king how mad he was, he made his signature on the Declaration of Independence so large that the king did not need his spectacles to read it!

Jean Fritz wrote many fascinating and well-researched books for children on history. Here are some of her most popular books on American history, that you will want to be sure and read:

American history picture books (for ages 9-12):
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; George Washington's Breakfast; Shh, We're Writing the Constitution; What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?; and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock.

Unforgettable Americans (for Young Adults):
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt; Great Little Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers, Make Way for Sam Houston, and Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

Other Titles: The Cabin Faced West, The Double Life of Pocahontas, Early Thunder, George Washington's Mother (beginning reader), and Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln (beginning reader).


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