Where Washington Walked

Where Washington Walked

by Raymond Bial
     
 

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"I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."--George Washington

There have been many, many books about George Washington. His military skill was vital to American independence, and his conduct as the first President of the United States set the standard for every president thereafter.

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"I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent."--George Washington

There have been many, many books about George Washington. His military skill was vital to American independence, and his conduct as the first President of the United States set the standard for every president thereafter.

Where Washington Walked chronicles Washington's path to his destiny, from the farm he inherited at age eleven, to the forests and marshes in which he battled alongside and (later) against the British, to the halls of government where he made his political mark, and, finally, to the fields of his beloved Mount Vernon, where he spent his last days. Sharp, contemporary photographs and clear, engaging text from award-winning photo-essayist Raymond Bial bring an immediacy to this legendary leader that enables young readers to see him in a fresh, new light.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-As he did in Where Lincoln Walked (Walker, 1998), Bial briefly recounts the life of his subject with reference to the places he lived and worked. Photographs of those extant sites and reproductions of contemporary prints and paintings appear on every page. Despite the simplicity and brevity of the text, enough information is included for researchers to compile a decent report. A list of places to visit is included. Obviously, many events are omitted, but readers will still get a sense of who Washington was and why he is important today. The format is inviting to browsers, with clear blocks of type and white space setting off the illustrations. The text itself is interesting enough to pull them in.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bial follows up his successful Where Lincoln Walked (1997) with a companion volume on the first president's peregrinations, with significantly less success. The slim offering is necessarily light on the text, painting with broad strokes Washington's career and offsetting the text with photographs of the places its subject lived and campaigned. The paucity of information on Washington's youth is ruefully acknowledged and quickly dispatched as the narrative moves on to his military career. Unfortunately, this limitation leaches from this account what was so effective for child readers in the earlier work: the focus on the great man's childhood. Some of the photographs appear out of sync with the text; the worst instance features photographs of the New York tavern where he bade his officers farewell in 1783 even as the text describes his weary retreat to Mount Vernon in 1797. Furthermore, a reliance on mythmaking paintings does nothing to separate fact from fiction for young readers. Even the backmatter suffers by comparison to the earlier work, omitting as it does the map of its subject's travels. A disappointment. (bibliography, further reading, places to visit) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422392249
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
48

Meet the Author

Raymond Bial recently retired from his position as a college library director at the University of Illinois. He continues to create the beautiful photo-essays that have garnered him awards and high praise. His Amish Home was an ALA Notable Book, and, in a starred review, Booklist called his Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side "an excellent example of how books can bring the past into the present." Raymond lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and two younger children, Sarah and Luke. His oldest daughter, Anna, is a fashion designer in New York City.

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