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George Washington's Mother

George Washington's Mother

by Jean Fritz, Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

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Describes the life of the mother of our first president and her relationship with her children. All Aboard Reading Series: Station Stop 3.


Describes the life of the mother of our first president and her relationship with her children. All Aboard Reading Series: Station Stop 3.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Fritz brings the excitement of history to newly independent readers. They will easily relate to teenaged George having to obey his mother, but may not understand her continual meddling and kvetching once her son be- comes an adult. Using factual data and funny incidents, the author humorously depicts Mary Ball Washington as a manipulative and stubborn worrywart. The numerous, half- and full-page, pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of Margot Tomes's work; they complement the text and extend the humor. However, the paintings lack the visual crispness associated with Fritz's earlier biographies illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman and others. Still, George Washington's Mother gives youngsters an enjoyable introduction to our nation's first president from a unique perspective. --Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Carolyn Phelan
In this lively biography of Mary Ball Washington, Fritz introduces young readers to the mother of the Father of Our Country and, obliquely, shows George himself in a more human light than the usual portrayal shows him. Though he's not the main focus, the struggles between mother and son are a recurring theme in the book. Mary, who preferred living on her farm alone to taking her place in society, never condoned her George's soldiering, was loyal to King George, feared poverty, smoked a pipe, and died at the age of 81. The full-color illustrations on a parchment-look background have a slightly fuzzy appearance, but their humorous undertone, pleasing line, and softly tinted washes suit the text well. An entertaining view of a lesser-known figure in American history.

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
All-Aboard Reading
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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