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Who Was George Washington?
     

Who Was George Washington?

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by Roberta Edwards, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), True Kelley (Illustrator)
 

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In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washington's fascinating story comes

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In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washington's fascinating story comes to life - revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!

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Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Brooks
Taking youngsters beyond the cherry tree and wooden teeth myths, this well-written chapter book explores the life of America's first president. The biography, part of an excellent list of books for young readers called the "Who Is?" series, traces George Washington's life and times. Moving chronologically from his birth to his death, the author weaves Washington's days with notable and lesser known anecdotes to paint a complete picture of the family and environment that shaped the future leader. Born in Virginia to Mary and Gus Washington, the baby who would be president was the oldest of five children. He would grow up with a passion for farming and horses. Owning a sense of adventure, he took a job as a surveyor, learning every inch of Virginia and the lands to the west. It was a skill that would serve him well as life quickly took him to the military. Readers begin to discover aspects of Washington's personality and work habits, his relationships and goals, taking the man from a cut out on a school bulletin board to one who still has something to teach young Americans today. Simple black-and-white drawings punctuate nearly every page to add information and further explanation. The chapters are interrupted occasionally with illustrated information boxes that contain more clarification about difficult concepts of history—slavery, Tories, or the Boston Tea Party. Maps give perspective to the layout of Mount Vernon and various battles. Yet, with all this information, the book flows like a very good story, which of course, it is. The celebration of Washington's admirable character influences each section, from his youth and military record, to his contributions to the foundation ofthe United States, and of course his reluctant acceptance of the presidency. It was Washington, in his humility, the author explains, who rejected titles such as "His Mightiness" and "His Elective Highness" and insisted that he be called simply "Mr. President." While nicely comprehensive, the book stays on target with vocabulary and details for elementary readers. Reviewer: Deborah Zink Brooks

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448448923
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Series:
Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
14,313
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roberta Edwards lives in New York, New York. Ken Call lives in Northbrook, Illinois.

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Who Was George Washington? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Lauren Rottier More than 1 year ago
This is an AMAZING book.It contanins a lot of information about George Washington.
Dalton Houston More than 1 year ago
A boy born on Feb. 22 grows up to be the 1st president of the United States of America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try this book it is a good book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book arrived quickly and in great condition
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love George Washington!!! He does alot of good things!!! This a very good book!! If you don'know if you sjould read this you should!! I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even thouh I'm only in grade3.My teacher from second grade had this and I love it! By the way this is my nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why oh why did he have to die! It was a good book though. Sigh,sigh.
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The first president. Depicted on the one dollar bill.
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I heard a song that goes like this. This is our goverment this is our goverment this is where we live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book teaches you a lot of things about him. George was the first presedint and sone stories that people tell about him arent exatlly true
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How many pasging are in the book .
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