The General

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Can a general who was once ruthless learn to spread peace and love? A stunning new edition of Michael Foreman’s debut picture book.

There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace. Created in 1961 — and retaining the essence of that decade — this picture book illustrated by three-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman is lovingly restored in ...

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Overview

Can a general who was once ruthless learn to spread peace and love? A stunning new edition of Michael Foreman’s debut picture book.

There once was a general who fell off his horse, only to discover the beauty of flowers and nature. From that day on, he vowed to change the world around him by embracing peace. Created in 1961 — and retaining the essence of that decade — this picture book illustrated by three-time Kate Greenaway Medal winner Michael Foreman is lovingly restored in a beautiful edition sure to appeal to longtime fans and new readers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"When we worked on THE GENERAL we wanted to produce a fun and lively story for children, but one to encourage a sympathetic outlook on the world." — Janet Charters — Quote

"My first book, THE GENERAL was about a general who made his country the most beautiful in the world instead of the most powerful. Fifty years on, it seems even more relevant as the threat to the environment, hinted at in THE GENERAL, (not to mention the threat of war) is now plain to see — even by politicians." — Michael Foreman — Quote

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"There was once a general." begins this fifty-year-old classic pro-environment, anti-war story. General Jodhpur trains his soldiers and longs for a war. One day, after being tossed from his horse, the general takes the time to notice and enjoy the beauties of nature around him. Realizing that his soldiers must have stamped on flowers and frightened animals, he sends them home "to help him make their country the most beautiful country in the world." And happily, they do. In the spring, the general invites a famous general from the East and one from the West to visit his country. After seeing the happy people and the prosperous country, they declare him "the Most Famous General in the Whole World." On the jacket Foreman presents the general holding flowers and chewing a blade of grass, a clue to the "message" inside. End pages filled with bees and flowers add to the positive emotion. Watercolors and gouache create scenes that employ symbolic rather than naturalistic objects, chiefly characters with little setting. Strong, painterly images are simultaneously humorous while also stimulating thoughts about the implications of these images. The cover has the contrasting, abstract design of the city inside. A publisher's note adds information about the creators of the first edition and the need for peace plus the threat to the environment that seem even more relevant now. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763648756
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Charters studied painting in Poole, Dorset, and London, England. THE GENERAL was her first picture book. She now lives in London.

Michael Foreman created THE GENERAL to impress potential freelance employers while he was still at art college. It became his first published book. One of the foremost illustrators of his generation, Michael Foreman lives in London.

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