The Child's Book of American Biography


Read by Laura Victoria

(4.2 stars; 6 reviews)

In every country there have been certain men and women whose busy lives have made the world better or wiser. The names of such are heard so often that every child should know a few facts about them. It is hoped the very short stories told here may make boys and girls eager to learn more about these famous people. (from the Forward of the text)

(4 hr 42 min)

Chapters

01 - Forward and George Washington 9:30 Read by Laura Victoria
02 - William Penn 8:37 Read by Laura Victoria
03 - John Paul Jones 11:25 Read by Laura Victoria
04 - John Singleton Copley 9:43 Read by Laura Victoria
05 - Benjamin Franklin 11:02 Read by Laura Victoria
06 - Louis Agassiz 9:16 Read by Laura Victoria
07 - Dorothea Lynde Dix 9:18 Read by Laura Victoria
08 - Ulysses Simpson Grant 14:19 Read by Laura Victoria
09 - Clara Barton 6:53 Read by Laura Victoria
10 - Abraham Lincoln 11:26 Read by Laura Victoria
11 - Robert Edward Lee 7:46 Read by Laura Victoria
12 - John James Audubon 8:53 Read by Laura Victoria
13 - Robert Fulton 10:42 Read by Laura Victoria
14 - George Peabody 9:19 Read by Laura Victoria
15 - Daniel Webster 8:43 Read by Laura Victoria
16 - Augustus St. Gaudens 10:17 Read by Laura Victoria
17 - Henry David Thoreau 9:21 Read by Laura Victoria
18 - Louisa May Alcott 6:47 Read by Laura Victoria
19 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse 10:37 Read by Laura Victoria
20 - William Hickling Prescott 10:23 Read by Laura Victoria
21 - Phillips Brooks 8:45 Read by Laura Victoria
22 - Samuel Clemens 8:09 Read by Laura Victoria
23 - Joe Jefferson 9:42 Read by Laura Victoria
24 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 8:00 Read by Laura Victoria
25 - James McNeill Whistler 11:56 Read by Laura Victoria
26 - Ralph Waldo Emerson 7:50 Read by Laura Victoria
27 - Jane Addams 8:15 Read by Laura Victoria
28 - Luther Burbank 7:52 Read by Laura Victoria
29 - Edward Alexander MacDowell 7:20 Read by Laura Victoria
30 - Thomas Alva Edison 10:27 Read by Laura Victoria

Reviews

just had to put it out there

(5 stars)

I can't believe some people think it so horrible that not enough women or minorities are present in an old children's history book, which is free in audiobook format... how about people give a fair review for what is actually in the book, and not their righteous ideas of what should be? I have no complaints with this book.

okay

(3 stars)

It's interesting the difference 100 years can make to an author's interpretation of who is an important historical figure. There were 30 biographies in this children's book, only four of them featured women, and none featured a person of non European heritage. While there was a broad range of contributions these individuals made, I think a modern biographer would place a different emphasis on who was important in American history and who wasn't. The biographies themselves were brief, focusing not just on the individual's achievements but on their childhood too. Today's children should find the writing readily accessible. Thanks to the narrator for a great read.