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George Washington: A Picture Book Biography

by James Cross Giblin

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  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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