Jean Fritz
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Jean Fritz

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

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    • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jean Fritz
    • Length: 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    With wit and scrupulous accuracy, Jean Fritz introduces the viewer to the delegates at the 1787 summer convention in Philadelphia....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What I liked about Shh! We're Writing the Constitution.By Ethen Mehlenbacher

    • By Amanda Mehlenbacher on 07-04-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Double Life of Pocahontas

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Pocahontas played a pivotal role in the New World, but the powerful pull between her tribe and the new settlement on Virginia's shores took its toll....

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jean Fritz
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Fritz depicts Christopher Columbus as the man who sailed the seas to "learn the secrets of the world".....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • George Washington's Mother

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: B.J. Ward
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    This is the true story of Mary Washington. When she wasn't worrying about being poor, she was poking her nose in George's business, baking gingerbread, and smoking a pipe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Greatest book ever

    • By us on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jeff Brooks
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Everyone knows that John Hancock was one of the first signers of the Declaration of Independence....

    Regular price: $9.07

    • What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jean Fritz
    • Length: 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    A new idea always in his mind, Ben Franklin's joy of living, his humor and ingenuity capture children's attention and spark their interest in American history....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't seem to work well as an audiobook.

    • By Lee Anne on 11-10-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Born in the British West Indies, Hamilton arrived in New York as an outsider. He fought in the Revolution and became Washington's most valuable aide-de-camp....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Adequate

    • By Emily on 06-06-17

    Regular price: $10.50

    • Homesick

    • My Own Story
    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jean Fritz
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This heartwarming fictionalized autobiography tells the story of what it is like for a little girl to be growing up in an unfamiliar place....

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Rex Robbins
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Abraham Lincoln had to run the country, win the war and look after his family....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock

    • By: Jean Fritz
    • Narrated by: Jean Fritz
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In her inimitable style, Jean Fritz tells us the story about the unique history of Plymouth Rock and the First Comers, or Pilgrims who first came ashore in 1620....

    Regular price: $9.07

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