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Bones in the White House: Thomas Jefferson's Mammoth

By: Candice Ransom

Illustrator: Jamey Christoph

Thomas Jefferson: Third president of the United States. Author of the Declaration of Independence. Obsessive prehistoric mammal hunter?? It’s true! In this little-known slice of American history, see Thomas Jefferson as never before!

In the late 1700s, America was a new nation, with a vast west that held age-old secrets: Bones! Massive tusks and enormous animal skeletons were being discovered and Thomas Jefferson—politician AND scientist—was captivated. What were these giant beasts? Did they still roam on American soil? Jefferson needed to find out. Funding explorers, including the famed Lewis and Clark, Jefferson sought to find a complete prehistoric mastodon skeleton—one which would advance the young science of paleontology, but would also put this upstart young country on the world stage. Follow along on the incredible journey—full of triumphs and disappointments, discoveries and shipwrecks, ridicule and victory.

Note about Thomas Jefferson. Note about mammoths and mastodons. Note about Charles Willson Peale’s mastodon fossils. Bibliography. Further reading. Full-color ink illustrations colored digitally.

ISBN: 9780525646082

JLG Release: Apr 2020

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Topics: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) , Mastodons , Fossils , Extinction (biology) , Paleontology , White House (Washington, DC) , Nineteenth-century US history , Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827)

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First Release

April 2020



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Trim Size

11" x 9 1/2"

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Accelerated Reader


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Library edition with trade jacket added



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Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Mastodons, Fossils, Extinction (biology), Paleontology, White House (Washington, DC), Nineteenth-century US history, Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827),

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