JEFFERSON MEASURES A MOOSE
Candlewick Press, August 2020
Thomas Jefferson was wild about numbers.
counting peas or measuring a mule, he never missed a chance to jot down
a few facts and figures. He loved sharing what he learned, and reading
to learn even more.
But when a famous Frenchman wrote a
book about America, Jefferson was shocked. The author insisted that
America was a dismal place where birds couldn’t sing, dogs didn’t bark,
and every living thing was smaller than in Europe. How could he be so
Jefferson resolved to set the record straight—with
numbers. After all, his country was counting on him! But where could he
find facts and figures BIG enough to prove his point?
author Mara Rockliff recounts a little-known moment in math and natural
history, illustrated with humor by prolific artist S. D. Schindler.