Take the Lead, George Washington

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George Washington wanted to be a Virginia gentleman, like his brother Lawrence . . . until he got the chance to go on a wilderness trip as a surveyor's assistant. It was a rough-and even dangerous-journey. At times George got discouraged, but his grit and determination kept him going. His early trek into the American frontier was a turning point for George, and he proved he was ready for any challenge . . . from being a general in the Revolutionary War to becoming the first ...
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George Washington wanted to be a Virginia gentleman, like his brother Lawrence . . . until he got the chance to go on a wilderness trip as a surveyor's assistant. It was a rough-and even dangerous-journey. At times George got discouraged, but his grit and determination kept him going. His early trek into the American frontier was a turning point for George, and he proved he was ready for any challenge . . . from being a general in the Revolutionary War to becoming the first president of the United States!
Second in Judith St. George's new Turning Point series about major moments in the young lives of American presidents, this volume features vibrant illustrations by Daniel Powers.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This very detailed story of the early life of George Washington is both a visual treat and a thoughtful look at the influences on the boy who would become president. The second in a series of books focused on turning points in the lives of our presidents, this title looks at Washington and the influence of his older brother, Laurence, who inspired young George to become a surveyor. But the rest of Washington's family is not slighted in our understanding of their impact on him as we meet his parents and other siblings. The illustrations in this text add sparkle (for lack of a better word) to the portrayal of the various characters; for example, although the author does not provide any specific adjectives to define Washington's mother, Mary, the illustrations show a woman with a strong personality and a definite view on what she will and will not allow in the life of her son. The double-page illustrations will certainly gain the attention of younger readers and keep them interested, even when the text seems a bit long. Both writer and illustrator have been so thorough in their renderings of Washington's life that older readers could actually use this book as a starting point for research on George Washington. If the rest of the series is as strong as this text, it will be a must have for parents and librarians alike. 2005, Philomel Books/Penguin, Ages 7 to 14.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
St. George follows You're on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt (p. 813) with another perceptive look at the formative years of another president-to-be. Here, she focuses on three major influences in young George's life: his admiration for his father Augustus; then after Gus's death, for older half-brother Lawrence; and finally, the character-building survey expedition that he joined into the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley at age 16. Though she mentions the Washington family's slaves, a domineering stepmother, and the early deaths of several siblings, in general St. George presents a rosy picture of the young squire's early life. Powers catches that tone, depicting Washington as a tall, smiling lad in fine but often rumpled colonial garb, with an oversize head, leonine mane of golden brown hair and piercing blue eyes. The author closes with a capsule history of Washington's later achievements, plus a bibliography aimed, inexplicably, at adults-but younger readers looking for insight into the Great Man's character, temperament, attitudes, and upbringing will find plenty to ponder in this engaging, focused study. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399238871
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: A Turning Point Bk.
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 504,934
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Judith St. George lives in Connecticut.
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