My Name Is James Madison Hemings by Jonah WinterMy Name Is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter

My Name Is James Madison Hemings

byJonah WinterIllustratorTerry Widener

Picture Books | October 25, 2016

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A powerful historical picture book about the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings.


In an evocative first-person account accompanied by exquisite artwork, Winter and Widener tell the story of James Madison Hemings’s childhood at Monticello, and, in doing so, illuminate the many contradictions in Jefferson’s life and legacy. Though Jefferson lived in a mansion, Hemings and his siblings lived in a single room. While Jefferson doted on his white grandchildren, he never showed affection to his enslaved children. Though he kept the Hemings boys from hard field labor—instead sending them to work in the carpentry shop—Jefferson nevertheless listed the children in his “Farm Book” along with the sheep, hogs, and other property. Here is a profound and moving account of one family’s history, which is also America’s history.

An author's note includes more information about Hemings, Jefferson, and the author's research.

"This gentle, emotional book is a reminder that many presidents’ biographies have distressing aspects. . . . A simple but historically solid introduction to some of the moral crises slavery presented for our nation." --The New York Times

"Through a poignant first-person monologue, Winter imagines the peculiar upbring- ing of Virginia slave James Madison Hemings, son of Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved mistress, Sally Hemings.”—Bulletin, starred review 
Jonah Winter, author of the New York Times bestselling picture-book biography Barack, has written more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children, including Lillian’s Right to Vote, which received four starred reviews; You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book and a Booklist Top of the List; You Never ...
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Title:My Name Is James Madison HemingsFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.88 × 0.38 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385383428

ISBN - 13:9780385383424

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"This gentle, emotional book is a reminder that many presidents’ biographies have distressing aspects. . . . A simple but historically solid introduction to some of the moral crises slavery presented for our nation." —The New York Times"Through a poignant first-person monologue, Winter imagines the peculiar upbring- ing of Virginia slave James Madison Hemings, son of Thomas Jefferson and his enslaved mistress, Sally Hemings.”—Bulletin, starred reviewPraise for Jonah Winter's Lillian's Right to Vote:"Moving.... Stirs up a potent mixture of grief, anger, and pride at the history of black people’s fight for access to the ballot box." —The New York Times"A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred"A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement." —Publishers Weekly, Starred"An important book that will give you goose bumps." —Booklist, Starred"A powerful historical picture book.” —School Library Journal, Starred