Saturday, May 09, 2009
Take the Lead, George Washington by Judith St. George, illustrated by Daniel Powers
This book includes stories and adventures of George Washington's childhood from a very young boy living in on Pope's Creek in Virginia, to the ripe age of sixteen at the conclusion of a surveying trip. We learn about the death of his mother, remarriage of his father, new siblings, how he idolized older brothers, his hopes, his dreams, and adventures all along the way.
What I Thought:
This is a great story about George Washington's childhood that gives readers a sense of his character and life before he became a war hero and our country's first president.
While this is a rather long picture book, the text is split up into chapters and would be a very appropriate book to include in lessons on George Washington. St. George includes a biography and bibliography. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and while the people are a bit caricature-ish, they are inviting and fun to look at.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Take the Lead, George Washington by Judith St. George, illustrated by Daniel Powers.