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George: George Washington, Our Founding Father (Paula Wiseman Books)by Frank Keating
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andlt;Bandgt;Founding father George Washingtonand#8217;s boyhood defined our first presidentand#8212;see how in this picture book biography.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;As a boy, with the help of his teachers, George Washington created a list of the values of civility that he wanted to live by: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;1. When another speaks, be attentive yourself and disturb not the audience.andlt;BRandgt;2. Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for and#8217;tis better to be alone than in bad company.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This richly illustrated picture book is based on that little-known historical document and chronicles George Washingtonand#8217;s life from boyhood to his extraordinary leadership position as the first President of the United States of America.
"In the second installment of the Mount Rushmore series (after Theodore) Keating — the former governor of Oklahoma — and Wimmer offer an accessible and graphically stunning picture book biography of the first president of the United States. Wimmer's remarkably lifelike oil paintings of Washington as a schoolboy, surveyor, soldier, father, and politician are accompanied by a spare, impressionistic first-person narrative, studded with Washington's actual quotes. Reproduced on simulated parchment pages, the text also includes quotations, printed in a script font to resemble handwriting, from the 'Rules of Civility,' which Washington copied as a boy and which became his 'primer on life.' The book reads as an aggregation of memories, not always smoothly linked. After a quick description of Washington's civilian life ('When I left school, I became a surveyor. I was also a blacksmith and a carpenter') and his devotion to the 'Rules,' the narrative leaps to his military career, referenced in vague terms ('In my twenties I was in the midst of the action. I was a major of militia'). For newcomers to American history, it's an insightful if sometimes choppy portrait of a very human Washington. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The fifth of ten children, George Washington was a dreamer, a hard worker, an athlete, and a peacemaker. By the time he was fifteen he had handwritten for himself the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation." These were his rules to live by. He could not have known what his future would hold...and these rules speak to who he was as a boy and a man. Based on this little known historical document, this is George Washington's life from boyhood to his presidency.
About the Author
Frank Keating, the governor of Oklahoma for two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2005, is the author of andlt;iandgt;Will Rogers: An American Legend, andlt;/iandgt;which received the Golden Spur Award of the Western Writers of America. Mr. Keating lives with his wife, Cathy, in Washington, DC.Mike Wimmer has illustrated many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruthandlt;/iandgt; by Robert Burleigh, which was named an ALA Notable Childrenandrsquo;s Book and was called a andldquo;grand slamandrdquo; in a starred review in andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weekly. andlt;/iandgt;He also illustratedandlt;iandgt; Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindberghandlt;/iandgt; by Robert Burleigh, which received the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. He lives in Oklahoma with his family.
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