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General Information

Name:  Mike Venezia  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in New York City, New York


-- Website -- http://www.mikevenezia.com
-- Mike Venezia on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mike++venezia+

E-Mail: -- Contact through Can


Illinois Connection

Mike was born in New York and his family moved back and forth between there and Chicago until he was 10 years old when they permanently settled in Chicago. He also graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike is retired from the Leo Burnett Advertising agency in Chicago. He has produced over 120 books under the following series titles:*''Getting to know the World's Greatest Composers''*''Getting to know the World's Greatest Artists'' *''Getting to know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists'' *''Scientists Getting to know the US Presidents''His recent retirement will allow him to write full time!


Awards

''Abraham Lincoln

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Aaron Copland
ISBN: 9780531228678. OCLC Number: 1006531811

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music -- Amazon.com.

Abraham Lincoln /
ISBN: 0516226215. OCLC Number: 56617374

Children's Press,. .

Presents a short biography of the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and chronicles his childhood, early career in law and politics, presidency during the Civil War, assassination, and more.

Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 9781442008069. OCLC Number: 308169651

Paw Prints,. .

Albert Einstein :
ISBN: 9780531149751. OCLC Number: 191010640

Children's Press,. .

Presents the life and accomplishments of the renowned physicist, discussing his theory of relativity and the ways in which it transformed the world's understanding about how the universe works.

Alexander Graham Bell :
ISBN: 9780531149768. OCLC Number: 191024093

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and career of the inventor of the telephone, who was also accomplished in many other ways.

Andrew Jackson :
ISBN: 0516274813. OCLC Number: 54007137

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Mike Venezia once again uses his winning formula of combining humor with history to make learning fun. Each book in this series is an appealing mix of full-color historical images and photos, Mike's hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and simple, factual text describing each person's path toward the nation's highest office. These biographies are peppered with humbling and funny anecdotes that bring out the humanity of each of these historical figures and help kids realize that these were real people--not just names from history books. Andrew Jackson, nicknamed "Old Hickory" by his soldiers, was a military hero and one of the roughest, toughest presidents ever. He had a hard childhood; he fought in the Revolutionary War at the age of 14 and had lost his entire family by the time it was over. He went on to become a frontier lawyer, and then a national hero after winning the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Jackson was a champion of working people. As the first president to grow up poor, he paved the way for people to take part in U.S. government even if they weren't born wealthy and well connected.

Andy Warhol
ISBN: 9780984366880. OCLC Number: 123197894

Getting to Know,. .

An icon of Pop Art and the first modern art superstar, Andy Warhol loved the limelight. And, in this delightful animated video, he loved telling viewers the story of his life and works -- from his blue collar birth in Pittsburgh to his (much more than) 15 minutes of world-wide fame.

Benjamin Franklin :
ISBN: 9780531237014. OCLC Number: 297413727

Children's Press,. .

Presents an introduction to the inventions and discoveries of Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation's most beloved figures.

Benjamin Harrison :
ISBN: 0516226282. OCLC Number: 59879612

Children's Press,. .

A short look at the life and career of our twenty-third president.

Bill Clinton :
ISBN: 9780516226460. OCLC Number: 77494501

Children's Press/Scholastic,. .

Highlights the life and political career of the forty-second president of the United States, who is often associated with the sex scandal that occurred during his second term in office.

Calvin Coolidge
ISBN: 9780516226347. OCLC Number: 63108301

Children's Press,. .

Brief biography of Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth president of the United States.

Camille Pissarro
ISBN: 0516225774. OCLC Number: 50722186

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and work of the twentieth-century French painter, Camille Pissarro.

Charles Drew :
ISBN: 0531237257. OCLC Number: 232656595

Children's Press,. .

Biography of Dr. Charles Drew.

Chester A. Arthur :
ISBN: 0516226266. OCLC Number: 60245483

Children's Press,. .

The life and career of our twenty-first president.

Claude Monet
ISBN: 9780531225400. OCLC Number: 872419534

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Briefly recounts the French impressionist painter's life and work.

Daniel Hale Williams
ISBN: 9781448742035. OCLC Number: 646110699

Paw Prints. .

Diego Rivera
ISBN: 9780531212615. OCLC Number: 910802575

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Clever illustrations and story lines, together with full-color reproductions of Diego Rivera's actual works, give children a light yet realistic overview of his life and style.

Diego Rivera /
ISBN: 0516422995. OCLC Number: 30319760

Childrens Press,. .

A biography of the Mexican artist who wanted to bring art to the masses through the medium of murals.

Diego Velázquez
ISBN: 0516225804. OCLC Number: 51931267

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and career of the seventeenth-century Spanish artist famous for his portraits of royalty.

Duke Ellington
ISBN: 9780531226582. OCLC Number: 987376229

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An introduction to the life and career of musician and composer Duke Ellington.

Dwight D. Eisenhower :
ISBN: 9780516226385. OCLC Number: 70660111

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and career of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States.--Source other than the Library of Congress.

Edgar Degas
ISBN: 9780984366835. OCLC Number: 635599288

Getting to Know,. .

When is an impressionist not an impressionist? When he's Edgar Degas. He shows his works with Cassatt, Monet, and Renoir, but never considered his art to be 'impressionist' art. Why not? Young viewers will learn the reasons from an animated Degas himself as they watch him tell the story of his life and artistic career.

Edward Hopper.
ISBN: 9781451784107. OCLC Number: 810113151

Paw Prints. .

El Greco
ISBN: 9780531221907. OCLC Number: 950083646

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A series of artist biographies for young readers provides hilarious, cartoon-style illustrations to complement the easy-to-read text and full-color reproductions of each master's artwork. Includes primary sources, photos, illustrations, maps and timelines. --Publisher.

Eugène Delacroix
ISBN: 0516225766. OCLC Number: 50023073

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and career of the nineteenth-century French artist Eugène Delacroix, whose experiments with color and scenes of action led to Impressionism and other modern art styles.

Faith Ringgold
ISBN: 9780531185261. OCLC Number: 123377366

Children's Press,. .

Examines the work and life of Faith Ringgold.

Francisco Goya
ISBN: 9780531216675. OCLC Number: 922970862

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Examines the life and work of the Spanish artist, describing and giving examples of his art.

Franklin D. Roosevelt :
ISBN: 9781442008298. OCLC Number: 308170038

Paw Prints,. .

Franklin Pierce :
ISBN: 0516226193. OCLC Number: 56617372

Children's Press,. .

Presents a short biography of the fourteenth President of the United States, Franklin Pierce, and chronicles his childhood, early career in law and politics, participation in the Mexican War, presidency, and more.

Frederic Chopin
ISBN: 9780531226575. OCLC Number: 987376083

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music.

Frederic Remington
ISBN: 0516224972. OCLC Number: 49031856

Children's Presss,. .

Describes the life and career of the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century artist who is best known for his paintings and sculptures of the American West.

Frédéric Chopin /
ISBN: 0516265342. OCLC Number: 40716141

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and work of the nineteenth-century Polish composer who invented beautiful music for the piano and new ways of playing it.

Frida Kahlo
ISBN: 9780531212592. OCLC Number: 910802576

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Learn about Frida Kahlo, one of the world's greatest artists.

George Bush :
ISBN: 0516226452. OCLC Number: 77708561

Children's Press/Scholastic,. .

A short biography of the 41st president of the United States.

George Gershwin
ISBN: 9780531226599. OCLC Number: 987369070

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music.

George Handel
ISBN: 9780531228708. OCLC Number: 1006536560

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of George Handel's life, style, and music.

George W. Bush :
ISBN: 9780516226491. OCLC Number: 77573009

Children's Press/Scholastic,. .

Highlights the life and political career of the forty-third president of the United States, who is most well known for his War on Terror in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred early in his first term in office.

George Washington :
ISBN: 9781442007963. OCLC Number: 308169495

Paw Prints,. .

Georges Seurat /
ISBN: 0516278134. OCLC Number: 49031860

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and career of the nineteenth-century French Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat, best known for inventing the painting technique known as Pointillism.

Gerald R. Ford :
ISBN: 9780516226422. OCLC Number: 77494502

Children's Press/Scholastic,. .

Highlights the life and political career of the thirty-eighth president of the United States, who became president after his predecessor resigned.

Giotto
ISBN: 0516215922. OCLC Number: 42072152

Children's Press,. .

Discusses the life and work of Giotto, considered the most important Italian artist of the fourteenth century.

Grandma Moses.
ISBN: 9781448730742. OCLC Number: 609540528

Paw Prints. .

Grant Wood
ISBN: 0516422847. OCLC Number: 32133674

Childrens Press,. .

Relates the artistic career of the Iowan who painted people, life, and customs of the American Midwest and whose style became known as Regionalism.

Grover Cleveland :
ISBN: 0516226274. OCLC Number: 60245492

Children's Press,. .

A biography of the minister's son who rose from being an honest city lawyer to serving as the twenty-second and twenty-fourth president of the United States.

Harry S. Truman :
ISBN: 9780516226378. OCLC Number: 70660110

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and career of Harry S. Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States.--Source other than the Library of Congress.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
ISBN: 0516422839. OCLC Number: 31287816

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Recounts the artist's childhood, describes influences on his work, and looks at several of his major paintings and posters.

Henri Matisse.
ISBN: 9781439599778. OCLC Number: 299715347

Paw Prints. .

Henri Rousseau
ISBN: 9780516269986. OCLC Number: 47756329

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and work of the nineteenth-century French artist Henri Rousseau.

Henry Ford :
ISBN: 0531237265. OCLC Number: 232605739

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and career of the automobile engineer and industrialist Henry Ford.

Herbert Hoover
ISBN: 0516226355. OCLC Number: 63178756

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A brief biography of the thirty-first president of the United States, describing his career as mining engineer, businessman, and president during the Great Depression.

Horace Pippin
ISBN: 9780531185278. OCLC Number: 123377367

Children's Press,. .

Biography of the self-taught African American painter Horace Pippen.

Igor Stravinsky
ISBN: 0516260766. OCLC Number: 34412495

Children's Press,. .

The life story of the Russian composer known for his musical innovations.

Jackson Pollock
ISBN: 0516022989. OCLC Number: 29185276

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Describes the life and work of an American painter, describing and giving examples of his art.

Jacob Lawrence
ISBN: 0516210122. OCLC Number: 40862009

Children's Press,. .

A biography of the African American painter who used his art to tell stories about the lives of individual Blacks and historical events important in the lives of his people.

James A. Garfield
ISBN: 9781442052116. OCLC Number: 320194589

Paw Prints. .

James A. Garfield :
ISBN: 0516226223. OCLC Number: 60245481

Children's Press,. .

A short, humorous biography of President James A. Garfield.

James Buchanan :
ISBN: 0516226207. OCLC Number: 56617375

Children's Press,. .

Learn about the 15th president of the United States.

James K. Polk :
ISBN: 0516226169. OCLC Number: 54007156

Children's Press,. .

A biography of President Polk, who greatly added to the territory of the United States especially during the Mexican War.

James Madison
ISBN: 9780516226095. OCLC Number: 52887181

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life of James Madison, a man of poor health who could not fight in the Revolutionary War but whose ideas formed the core of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and who became the nation's fourth president.

James McNeill Whistler
ISBN: 0516225782. OCLC Number: 51518451

Children's Press,. .

Describes the life and work of the American-born painter who spent much of his life abroad.

James Monroe
ISBN: 9780516226101. OCLC Number: 52727355

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life of James Monroe, an influential patriot during the American Revolution who became the nation's fifth president and was subsequently reelected.

Jane Goodall :
ISBN: 0531223523. OCLC Number: 427704557

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and career of primatologist Jane Goodall.

Johann Sebastian Bach
ISBN: 053122242X. OCLC Number: 960043586

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life, style and music.

Johannes Brahms
ISBN: 0516210564. OCLC Number: 39532725

Children's Press,. .

Presents a biography of the nineteenth-century German composer who combined both classical and romantic musical styles to compose his lively songs and powerful symphonies.

Johannes Vermeer
ISBN: 0516222821. OCLC Number: 47717789

Children's Press,. .

An overview of the life and work of the seventeenth-century Dutch painter, famous for creating realistic scenes of everyday life.

John Adams :
ISBN: 9781442007932. OCLC Number: 308169457

Paw Prints,. .

John F. Kennedy :
ISBN: 9780516226392. OCLC Number: 70660113

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and career of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.--Source other than the Library of Congress.

John Philip Sousa
ISBN: 0531233723. OCLC Number: 1006521020

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of John Philip Sousa's life, style, and music.

John Quincy Adams
ISBN: 0516226118. OCLC Number: 52728899

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life of John Qincy Adams, son of the second president who himself became the sixth president.

John Tyler :
ISBN: 0516226150. OCLC Number: 54007152

Children's Press,. .

Presents the life and accomplishments of the first United States vice president to assume the presidency.

Leonard Bernstein
ISBN: 9780531226568. OCLC Number: 987376443

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music.--Amazon.com.

Leonardo da Vinci
ISBN: 9780531213124. OCLC Number: 891610208

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Introduces the reader to the artist Leonardo da Vinci--

Lise Meitner
ISBN: 9781442094871. OCLC Number: 500819707

Paw Prints. .

Ludwig van Beethoven
ISBN: 0531222411. OCLC Number: 960043613

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An introduction of the famous composer born in 1770.

Luis Alvarez :
ISBN: 9780531207772. OCLC Number: 298325732

Children's Press,. .

A short biography of physicist Luis Alvarez.

Lyndon B. Johnson :
ISBN: 9780516226408. OCLC Number: 70660114

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and career of Lyndon B. Johnson, the thirty-sixth president of the United States.--Source other than the Library of Congress.

Marie Curie :
ISBN: 053122208X. OCLC Number: 191010630

Children's Press,. .

Presents the life and accomplishments of the Polish-born scientist whose studies of radioactivity lead to the discovery of two new elements, for which she received two Nobel Prizes.

Martin Van Buren
ISBN: 0516226134. OCLC Number: 54007142

Children's Press,. .

Learn about the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren.

Mary Cassatt
ISBN: 0531212920. OCLC Number: 895388395

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Introduces the reader to the artist Mary Cassatt--

Mary Leakey :
ISBN: 9780531237274. OCLC Number: 232786293

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and career of the anthropologist and archaeologist Mary Leakey.

Michelangelo
ISBN: 9780531219775. OCLC Number: 878117358

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Briefly recounts the Italian renaissance painter and sculptor's life and work.

Millard Fillmore :
ISBN: 0516226185. OCLC Number: 56617376

Children's Press,. .

Highlights the life of the thirteenth president of the United States, who alienated both the North and the South while trying to avoid the Civil War and improved foreign relations.

Norman Rockwell
ISBN: 0516215949. OCLC Number: 42976788

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and work of the twentieth-century artist Norman Rockwell, who painted familiar everyday scenes that people felt were part of their own lives.

Pablo Picasso
ISBN: 9780531219768. OCLC Number: 872419547

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Briefly examines the life and work of the renowned twentieth-century artist, describing and giving examples from his various periods or styles.

Paul Cezanne.
ISBN: 9781518237171. OCLC Number: 959259209

Paw Prints,. .

Paul Gauguin
ISBN: 9780531216668. OCLC Number: 921310760

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Briefly describes the life and work of the nineteenth-century French artist known for his paintings of the South Pacific.

Paul Klee
ISBN: 0516022946. OCLC Number: 23463726

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Discusses, in simple text, the life and work of the abstract painter, focusing on his use of color, shape, and symbolism--Title page verso.

Peter Tchaikovsky
ISBN: 0531233715. OCLC Number: 1006536030

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Clever illustrations and story lines give children a light yet realistic overview of this composer's life and style and music -- Amazon.com.

Pierre Auguste Renoir.
ISBN: 9781518237195. OCLC Number: 959259210

Paw Prints,. .

Pieter bruegel.
ISBN: 0516422790. OCLC Number: 232573987

Scholastic, Inc.,. .

Rachel Carson :
ISBN: 9780531237045. OCLC Number: 298325728

Children's Press,. .

Profiles the life and career of the scientist Rachel Carson.

Rembrandt
ISBN: 9780531213131. OCLC Number: 895388396

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Introduces the reader to the artist Rembrandt--

Richard M. Nixon :
ISBN: 9780516226415. OCLC Number: 70660103

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and career of Richard M. Nixon, the thirty-seventh president of the United States.--Source other than the Library of Congress.

Ronald Reagan :
ISBN: 9780516226446. OCLC Number: 77573011

Children's Press/Scholastic,. .

Highlights the life and political career of the fortieth president of the United States, who was a movie and television actor before he entered politics.

Roy Lichtenstein
ISBN: 0516220306. OCLC Number: 44732226

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and work of the twentieth-century American artist whose paintings of cartoon panels, advertisements, and other subjects from popular culture helped to establish the artistic movement known as Pop Art.

Rutherford B. Hayes :
ISBN: 051622624X. OCLC Number: 60245479

Children's Press,. .

Biography of the nineteenth president of the United States.

Salvador Dali
ISBN: 9780531212622. OCLC Number: 910826950

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Learn about the life of Salvador Dali, one of the world's most prolific artists.

Salvador Dali /
ISBN: 0516422960. OCLC Number: 27013908

Childrens Press,. .

Briefly describes the life and work of the twentieth-century Spanish surrealist painter, describing and giving examples of his art.

Sandro Botticelli
ISBN: 9780531221884. OCLC Number: 950084244

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A series of artist biographies for young readers provides hilarious, cartoon-style illustrations to complement the easy-to-read text and full-color reproductions of each master's artwork. Includes primary sources, photos, illustrations, maps and timelines. --Publisher.

Stephen Hawking :
ISBN: 9781442075443. OCLC Number: 232636713

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the life and career of the physicist Stephen Hawking.

Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak :
ISBN: 9780531237304. OCLC Number: 427704558

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the lives and careers of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of Apple Computer, Inc.

The Beatles
ISBN: 0531222438. OCLC Number: 960905901

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Tells the story of the world's most celebrated and influential rock group.

The Beatles /
ISBN: 0516261479. OCLC Number: 35856115

Children's Press,. .

Tells the story of the world's most celebrated and influential rock group.

The Wright Brothers
ISBN: 9781448742011. OCLC Number: 646110697

Paw Prints. .

The Wright brothers :
ISBN: 0531223531. OCLC Number: 427757223

Children's Press,. .

An introduction to the lives and careers of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, who built and flew the first successful powered airplane.

Theodore Roosevelt :
ISBN: 0516226304. OCLC Number: 63108302

Children's Press,. .

A short look at the life of a very influential president.

Thomas Edison :
ISBN: 0531149781. OCLC Number: 191010636

Children's Press,. .

Presents the life and accomplishments of the scientist who was responsible for more than one thousand inventions, including the electric light bulb, the phonograph, and the first movie camera.

Thomas Jefferson :
ISBN: 0516226088. OCLC Number: 51505726

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An introduction to the life of Thomas Jefferson, a man whose ideas helped create a new kind of government and who became the nation's third president.

Ulysses S. Grant
ISBN: 0516226231. OCLC Number: 56617373

Children's Press,. .

Examines the life and times of the eighteenth president of the United States, discussing his personal life as well as his military and political careers.

Vincent Van Gogh.
ISBN: 9781518237232. OCLC Number: 959259395

Paw Prints,. .

William Henry Harrison :
ISBN: 0516226142. OCLC Number: 54007147

Children's Press,. .

Presents the life and accomplishments of the United States president who served the shortest time in office.

William Howard Taft :
ISBN: 0516226312. OCLC Number: 63108303

Children's Press,. .

Highlights the life and accomplishments of the twenty-seventh president of the United States, also the only man in history to hold the top job in two of the three branches of United States government.

William McKinley :
ISBN: 0516226290. OCLC Number: 60245493

Children's Press,. .

A look at the early life, military career, and political life of the president who was assassinated in 1901 during his second term.

Winslow Homer
ISBN: 0516225790. OCLC Number: 51985073

Children's Press,. .

A brief biography of the 19th century American artist Winslow Homer.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
ISBN: 9780531220580. OCLC Number: 32275097

Childrens Press,. .

A biography of the child prodigy who wrote more than 800 pieces of music before his untimely death at thirty-five.

Zachary Taylor :
ISBN: 0516226177. OCLC Number: 54852852

Children's Press,. .

A biography of President Taylor, a hero of the Mexican War, who decided that the residents of newly acquired territories should decide whether or not to allow slavery.