About American Hero
John Marshall was a good son, a kind older brother, a loving father and husband, and a dear friend to many. He was a soldier for the Revolutionary Army, a successful lawyer, a congressman, and Secretary of State. Most importantly, he was Chief Justice of the United States. As Chief Justice, John Marshall made the Supreme Court the strong and powerful body it is today. Richly illustrated in graphite and watercolor, American Hero tells the life story of the founding father history almost forgot—John Marshall, the Great Chief Justice.
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- David Bruce Smith
- Clarice Smith
- 40 pages
- Age Range
- Grade Level
American Hero is also available for purchase at:
- John Marshall Foundation — Richmond, VA
- The Supreme Court Historical Society — Washington, DC
- George Washington's Mt. Vernon — Alexandria, VA
- New York Historical Society — New York, NY
- Folk Arts Museum — New York, NY
- Smithsonian National Museum of American History — Washington, DC
- The Kennedy Center — Washington, DC
- Lincoln’s Cottage — Washington, DC
- Thomas Jefferson's Monticello — Charlottesville, VA
- James Madison's Montpelier — Orange, VA
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts — Richmond, VA
- Alef Bet Montessori School — Kensington, MD
- Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center — Gettysburg, PA
- National Park Service — United Sates
- Benjamin Franklin House — London, England
For more information email Grateful American Book Series or call 1-703-786-1430.
Discounts may be available for non-profits and educational groups.
Praise for American Hero
John Marshall reveals a great man and a great judge who was a warm and admirable human being. It is a book young readers will enjoy -- and so will their parents.
With their evocative words and pictures, David Bruce Smith and Clarice Smith recount the story of a great American life and bring the past alive on the page. This is a book for children and parents to enjoy – and to learn from – together.
This is a fascinating tale of a boy growing up in the late 18th century, a beautifully illustrated celebration of the joy of a life with few amenities and no modern luxuries. David Bruce Smith’s captivating story telling ability and Clarice Smith’s wonderful paintings lovingly capture the flavor of the life and the story of children in that period.
American Hero by David Bruce Smith is a bewitching introduction to John Marshall, America’s greatest judge. With its graceful illustrations, the deftly-crafted book conveys a warm sense of how different daily life was when America began, and a glimpse of the man who was a true hero in war and peace. Perfect for new readers.
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At a time when our nation struggles to impart to our children the stories of the extraordinary men and women who embodied the principles of democracy we have enjoyed for over two centuries, we are fortunate at the combined brilliance of David Bruce Smith and Clarice Smith to breathe new life into an essential Founding Father, John Marshall. This is a beautifully written treatment of an epic life made real for children's minds. In an era with so many competing media exist to distract the young audience, a book so richly enhanced with exquisite art draws children powerfully to the life of our most important Chief Justice. The richness of the artwork makes a vivid portrait of this important American, a life lived before photography, and removes the remoteness of time. The combination of inspired prose and beautiful art is pure elegance to draw in eager young readers. This is a story made relevant to young minds by demonstrating how actions from a long time ago, that still resonate in our lives today, originated from real men and women. David Bruce Smith has written a book that belongs in the library of every elementary school in the country.