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George Washington: A Picture Book Biography

by James Cross Giblin

Series: The Sowers

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Summary: George Washington was our nation’s first president. George grew up on a farm in Virginia. He attended school, was athletic, and even struggled with his lessons. When George was a young adult he joined the Virginia militia and fought in Ohio. When he returned to his home in Mount Vernon he married Martha Custis. They had no children together, but Martha had two children that George loved as his own. George became the commander in chief of the Continental Army. George led America to its independence and became the first president of the new nation.
Personal reaction: George Washington has always been one of my favorite historical figures. This book is perfect for any kid to read and the pictures depict the main points of George’s life very well. The paintings are beautiful and have great detail in them.
Extension ideas:
1.You could have the children make a timeline of George’s life.
2.You could read this book to the class around or on President’s Day.
  Alicia917934 | Jul 24, 2015 |
Lindsey Johnson

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2nd-4th grade


Book Summary: George grew up in a large family, they lived on a farm in Virginia. His dad died when he was eleven. His older brother, Lawrence, taught him to shoot and other things. He had a farm called Mount Vernon. Lawrence died when George was twenty. George joined the Virginia militia and fought the French. After the war he went back to Mount Vernon and become a farmer. He married a widow named Martha Custis, she had two children, John and Martha. They never had children of their own but George loved Martha’s children. Martha died at age sixteen. George became the first Commander in Chief of the American army when America fought for its independence against Great Britain. John died during the war. After the war people wanted him to be king, but he didn’t think that was right, so he went back to Mount Vernon. John’s two children moved in with George and Martha. When the country wrote its constitution George was there, then he was voted to be the first president. After his first term people still wanted him to lead the country so he ran for president again. After his second term they still wanted him, but he decided to retire. He moved back to Mount Vernon. He wrote in his will that his slaves should be released after he and Martha died. One a cold day in December George was checking his fields and became sick. That night he died. He is called “The Father of His Country” because he was the first Commander in Chief and the first President of the United States.

Personal Reaction: This book is a good story to read to children when they are learning about presidents or about our country. The pictures are very good.

Extension Activities:
1. Research other facts about George Washington.
2. Draw a picture of Mount Vernon.
  LindseyJohnson | Apr 9, 2015 |
  Maestrayvette | Jun 6, 2012 |
Retelling: This book tells the story of George Washington's life from his poor spelling as a child to his death. It reveals some of the more tragic elements of George Washington's life, such as the death of his father, his brother, and of his wife Mary's son. It also highlights the pressures of leadership and responsibilities.

Thoughts and Feelings: I liked the part about George being a poor speller. why is it still spelled cough, anyway? Why? It doesn't make any sense. This book is the most comprehensive and darkest biography picture-book of George Washington I've read so far.
  Ms.Penniman | Aug 22, 2011 |
This was a biography that is very informational. It was a little longer than most picture book biographies I saw, therefore, it is very detailed. The art in this book looks like it was painted using oil paints. The pictures do not have much color; they are mainly painted using neutral colors. This book is really neat because it includes a list of important dates in George Washington's life and mentions the monuments that are contributed to him. The content in this book covers the entire span of George Washingon's life. It starts when he is a little boy and wanted to be a sailor but his mom would not let him, so he stayed in school and helped with farming. Then George joined the Virginia militia and soon became the Commander in Chief. After several years as a General, George Washington retired for a short while before he was called to run for President. He could not refuse this job, so he served as President for 8 years. He coined the term "Mr. President" and that is what the presidents are still called today. After George retired from presidency, he died a short while later, leaving behind a nation in which he was the first Commander in Chief, and the first President. He will always be known as "The Father of His Country". The reading level of this book is probably fourth grade because it is fairly long and some of the words are tough because they are not seen everyday. The curricular connections in this book are; influential people, farming, colonies, slavery, Commander in Chief, the Revolutionary War, independence, epilepsy, the Constitution, government, first President of the United States, First Lady, dollar bill, and "The Father of His Country". ( )
  ceoliver | Feb 15, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590481010, Paperback)

Now available in paperback, James Cross Giblin and Michael Dooling bring the story of the first president to life for a new generation of readers.

George Washington, beloved "Father of His Country," left behind no children of his own. Instead he left a nation to which he's dedicated life. Here is his story.

Beginning with his childhood in a large, close-nit family on a Virginia farm, we follow him through his life. There is a tragedy with the death of his father, then his adored half-brother. After he grew up, George joined the Virginia militia and fought bravely in the wild Ohio country. Returning to Mount Vernon, he met and married the widow Martha Custis. But soon there came a new call to duty.

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Examines the family life and career of the first American president, also discussing myths and legends, monuments to Washington, and Mount Vernon.

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