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The real strength of Richard P. Grossenheider: The Artist by Thomas L. Campbell and Katherine Hattieann Manning is as an example of primary documents for young historians, who will benefit from learning how photographs, newspaper clippings, and letters can help us learn about the past and the people who made a difference. An interesting book for young historians!
Richard P. Grossenheider: The Artist by Thomas L. Campbell and Katherine Hattieann Manning is an easy reader biography of a fascinating artist in American history. The book contains a treasure trove of primary documents including photographs, facsimiles of letters, newspaper clippings, and original drawings. Like many traditional biographies, the narration begins with the context of Grossenheider’s family and the story of how his grandfather came to America in the early 1800s. The authors then trace his story through his father, who was a distinguished artisan, and through Richard’s childhood and studies in biology in college, which led to his career as a naturalist and artist. The simple text is appropriate for young readers, and the book would make an interesting book report for students assigned a biography.