President George Washington: A Holiday House Reader

President George Washington: A Holiday House Reader

by David A. Adler, John Wallner
     
 
In his latest easy reader, David Adler makes the extraordinary life of George Washington accessible to beginning readers. From George's boyhood in Virginia to his post as commander in chief of the Continental army in the Revolutionary War, from his marriage to Martha Dandridge Custis to his inauguration as the new nation's first president, this easy-to-read biography

Overview

In his latest easy reader, David Adler makes the extraordinary life of George Washington accessible to beginning readers. From George's boyhood in Virginia to his post as commander in chief of the Continental army in the Revolutionary War, from his marriage to Martha Dandridge Custis to his inauguration as the new nation's first president, this easy-to-read biography offers a succinct introduction to the life of the man who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Well-known author David A. Adler has written many books for children, including a highly successful picture book biography series. Here he has taken that one step further by creating an early reader biography of the father of our country. It has large type, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, and short chapters. Combine that with beautiful pastel paintings on every page and you have the perfect book for children who are just learning to read on their own. In only five chapters, the book follows George Washington from his birth in 1732, through his boyhood, his marriage, his role in the Revolutionary War, his presidency to his death in 1799. Just enough information is presented to keep the reader interested. A suggested reading list is included for those readers who want to learn more. The book contains several quotes from George Washington and those around him. These quotes add a personal touch to the biography, making George Washington more real to readers. Source information notes are given at the back of the book so readers can learn where Adler found those quotes. Part of the "Holiday House Reader" series, this title is perfect for young readers eager to learn more about our nation's history, and would be a welcome addition to elementary classroom libraries everywhere. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 5 to 8.
—Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-Beginning with Washington's childhood and teenage years, this easy reader goes on to describe his significant involvement in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. The importance of the latter and its effect on transforming the 13 colonies into the first 13 states is also described. The text successfully introduces historical events by providing the minimal background information required for children's understanding without sacrificing accuracy. The narrative also conveys Washington's dedication, determination, and perseverance through the use of quotations that are cited at the end of the book. The short sentences, large font, and lively watercolor illustrations are right on target for new readers.-Jennifer Cogan, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The third of Adler's rewritten versions of volumes in his Picture Book Biography series follows the first two in supplying additional facts and dates, including endnotes, a reading list and a list of his sources-all presented in an early-chapter-book format. Wallner likewise recasts his illustrations, with smaller, less cartoon-like watercolor scenes and slightly more intricate detail. The author's decision to close with a variant (or misquote?) of John Marshall's famous "First in war..." line could have used some explanation, though he does cite a 19th-century source for it-otherwise, this redone biography provides a fuller, richer picture of Washington than its 1989 progenitor, especially for newly independent readers. (Biography. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823416042
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers.

Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.

Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.

Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

John Wallner has illustrated many books for children, including "Helen Keller: A Holiday House Reader", and "A Picture Book of George Washington" and "A Picture Book of Davy Crockett", both illustrated with his wife, Alexandra, all written by David A. Adler. "Booklist" has called his art "lively [and] colorful." He lives with his wife in Mexico.

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