Review: Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore

Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up On Mount RushmoreHanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore by Tina Nichols Coury

Dial Books (Penguin Young Readers Group):NY (2012)

ISBN13: 9780803737310

In this picture book biography, readers meet Lincoln, the young son of Gutzon Borglum, as he grows up in the shadows of Mt. Rushmore as it is being carved from the mountains of South Dakota. The story is told through his eyes and recollections but it is also a story of our nation, as personalities and politics ebbed and flowed in the decades of work on the sculpture. Borglum’s story is that of a boy who spent his childhood watching the progress and getting to know the workmen and families involved, eventually to take over the project and see it completed after his father passed away.

This is a terrific biography, telling the story not only of Lincoln Borglum, but also of his father and the other who made the Mt. Rushmore project possible from President Coolidge to the many workmen who lived and worked on the mountain project.

Quantitative: ATOS 5.8

Qualitative: This book is suitable for lower grades (K-3) as a biography examining the history of the United States and the Mt. Rushmore project itself. It contains a short bibliography at the end which includes resources for further research on the Borglum family and the monument.

Content Area: English; History: U.S.

Common Core Standards: RI.1.1, RI.1.3, RI.1.6, RI.1.7; RI.2.1, RI.2.3,

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