Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

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This entertaining volume sheds light on the life of England's King George III. It begins when he was a bashful boy who blushed easily, goes on to his early days as king, and finally examines his role in the American Revolution - when Americans ceased to think of him as good King George. Fascinating history made accessible for young readers.

A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain at the time of the American ...

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Overview

This entertaining volume sheds light on the life of England's King George III. It begins when he was a bashful boy who blushed easily, goes on to his early days as king, and finally examines his role in the American Revolution - when Americans ceased to think of him as good King George. Fascinating history made accessible for young readers.

A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
In this almost cradle-to-grave biography of England's King George III, Fritz transforms him from a historic figure into a human being. The title is somewhat misleading, as the book deals very little with the American Revolution. It is entirely set in England and focused on King George III. The lively text includes plenty of amusing, personality-revealing anecdotes from his childhood, when he had no reason to believe he would ever be king, to the period in his reign when the American Colonies rebelled. At this point, Fritz gradually darkens the tone so that readers can understand and empathize with the problems, sorrows and stresses the king faces. dePaola's humorous illustrations alternate between black and white and a palate of muted purple and gold colors, expressively expanding points in the text from King George's early days to his waning years as the monarch who lost the American colonies. This reissue of the 1996 title (which was a reissue of the 1977 original) sports a new cover illustration by David Small. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114029
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 157,316
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."

In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work—reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.

An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    What an interesting life for a king.

    It was very intresting to find out what he really did during his life. Like how he became the king and why. It was also very funny.

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