Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
Author: Jean Fritz
Major Themes: John Hancock, Biography, Picture Books, American Revolution
Synopsis: The irreverent story and pictures make a fun introduction to the famous American.
Jean Fritz’s books about famous Americans are a good way to enhance our study of American history. I have read almost all of the ones I have found to my children as we come to that era of history. The most recent one we read was Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? We were amused at the character of this man, as he is portrayed by Fritz.
John Hancock loved luxury. He grew up in such a big house that it had 54 windows! He liked fancy clothes, with lots of lace and ruffles. He also loved to have people notice him! He became known for his fancy clothes and his gifts to the public, so naturally he became a representative to Massachusetts’ government, to which he traveled in one of his nine conveyances (carriages of all types and sleighs). He became known as an outspoken leader of the rebellion against England and the taxes that had been imposed on the colonists.
One thing John always loved was to be huzzahed. He would do almost anything to hear people shouting huzzah for him, and he loved to sign his name, too. He practiced one elaborate style of signing his name after another. Where did the most elaborate, largest signature go? On the Declaration of Independence!
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? is quite an irreverent story about John Hancock. It’s fun to read, since it pokes a lot of fun at him and his pompous ways. The pictures are quite fun, too; there are little details that we enjoyed discovering.
WARNING: Page 12: “that damned tax”
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12
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Keywords: John Hancock, Biography, Picture Books, American Revolution