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George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale

by Margaret McNamara

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This illustrated historical narrative retells famous myths and fact about George Washington as if they all happened on his seventh birthday. The plot follows George as he goes through his day and, ironically, thinking his family has forgotten his birthday. The narrative is accompanied by side notes that communicate myths and facts about George Washington throughout his life. This illustrations are drawn, pastel, illustrations that depict large scenes as well as focal points in the narrative. The back matter of the book includes an explanation of facts and fiction in the story as told by George Washington. This book would be a good selection for a president’s themed story time. Additionally, teachers could supplement a lessons on president’s day or historical fiction. High School teachers could use this story as an addition to a lesson on creating and analyzing historical fiction. This books highly recommended for purchase as a historical fiction selection in a public or school library. (Ages 5-12) ( )
  alyssakimpisarski | Nov 19, 2013 |
Today the whole country recognizes and celebrates President Washington’s birthday, but in this story George wakes up on his seventh birthday, yet his whole family is so busy it seems no one remembered his special day. This picture book tells a fictional, narrative story of our first president as a young boy; however, parts of the story are true. Subset within some pages there are “fact” and “myth” boxes that share factual information or debunk common misconceptions about George Washington. Although there are no sources cited, the story concludes with a note from George about how it was a made up story, but continues to set the facts straight. Best suited for a K-3 audience and sets the stage for several classroom connections: presidents, other famous birthdays we celebrate, famous people as children, fact versus fiction, if the country celebrated your birthday what would you be remembered for, and of course, celebrating George Washington’s birthday. ( )
  alizastein | Nov 14, 2013 |
An entertaining mix of facts and myths about the founding father. Good illustrations. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Illustrated in watercolor pastels, this picture book tells a fictional story about George Washington's seventh birthday. In part what makes this book so delightful is that there are sidebars that tell the reader if that part of the story is a truth or a myth about George Washington. The text is large but the book is clearly geared more towards storytime than as a book that a child just learning to read would work through on their own. There is also an included Afterword that is done in first person where George Washington is setting the record straight in regards to what he actually did or did not do. Still, children who are interested in history or have a birthday nearby will enjoy the book, especially the sidebars. Recommended. ( )
  jjpionke | Sep 23, 2012 |
This book follows the childhood of George Washington, exploring the truth behind the tales of him chopping down the cherry tree and throwing the rock over the Rappahannock River. It also talks about the list of good behaviors he wrote as a young man that he called "110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior."

The book is very well written and will engage the children (2nd grade-5th possibly) through the narrative. I think it gives children a good insight into the man they know as the first president of the United Sates, as a child. I especially liked learning of Washington's list of good behaviors! I'll have to google those! ( )
  missbrandysue | Mar 27, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375844996, Hardcover)

From award-winning author Margaret McNamara and New Yorker artist Barry Blitt comes this partly true and completely funny story of George Washington's 7th birthday. In this clever approach to history, readers will discover the truths and myths about George Washington. Did George Washington wear a wig? No. Did George Washington cut down a cherry tree? Probably not. Readers young and old who are used to seeing George Washington as an old man, will get a new look at the first president—as a kid. Perfect for classrooms, Presidents' Day, or as a birthday gift.

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On George Washington's seventh birthday, he does chores, misbehaves, and dreams of a day when his birthday will be celebrated by all.

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