This title in the new series "Our American Story" follows George Washington from his service as commander during the Revolutionary War to his return to Virginia after two terms as our first president. The book closes with mention of the new capital that would be named for Washington, and the monument built in his honor. Author Kathy Allen relays career and historical highlights clearly and simply with minimal words, in keeping with the series' easy-to-read format. But some complex ideas are short changed in the process, for example, "By 1787, the United States was in danger. It owed money from the war." Also, had less space been devoted to the war, and more to Washington's presidency, perhaps more insight into his character—such as his graceful exit after his second term—would have been possible. Len Ebert's realistic, luminous illustrations were rendered in colored inks and colored pencils. Back matter includes a timeline, glossary, recommended books, and a suggestion to use Capstone's "FactHound" for safe Internet sites. Overall, this introduction to Washington's presidency is an appropriate and useful book for young readers. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–These books introduce the people and events of the American Revolution, providing basic information as well as a short analysis of each event or person's importance. The books are illustrated with well-executed, full-page, color illustrations, maps, and photos. American Flag (which clearly states that the Betsy Ross story is a myth) and Paul Revere are more tightly focused and readable than the other two titles, which tackle subjects that are more difficult to cover in such brief texts. However, the books all provide accurate, clearly written information that students can use for either leisure reading or reports, and are good choices for introductory American history classes.