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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Great Beards of History by Kellen Roggenbuck is an engaging and endearing book that throws light on historical figures that wore a beard. Blackbeard the pirate had a black beard and he did not like to shave or eat pickles. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, had a beard, and Charles Darwin, the scientist who had a beard, studied birds and loved playing backgammon. Frederick Douglas who fought against slavery also had a nice white beard. William Shakespeare had a pointy beard and Johann Strauss had a beard everywhere except his chin. The author's dad also had a beard but it was not famous because he did not train bears or wear a tall hat, and was not a known figure.
I like the choice of topic; it's unique, different, and refreshingly original. The author writes a book on beards and makes it fun, colorful, and attractive to young readers, and that is a great achievement. The book also introduces readers to historical figures in an entertaining way to make history interesting for them. The author's illustrations are equally delightful and the book is appealing not only to children but to adults as well because it is a good way to get acquainted with historical figures and their roles in history. Storybooks like this are good for children because they introduce history in a fun way without making it boring. Tutors and educators can use this book in classrooms to educate students about the historical figures who had a beard.