Synopses & Reviews
andquot;The thin, swirling lines of Phelanandrsquo;s soft pencil-and-gouache illustrations enhance the stirring narrative, often depicting people against their natural environment; his powerful use of shadow and light emphasizes Washingtonandrsquo;s struggles and victories. Overall, a dynamic examination of one of Americaandrsquo;s first leaders.andquot; andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
andquot;Perhaps as balance to the bicentennial emphasis on Abraham Lincoln comes this welcome new picture book biography of George Washington. . . . This is an ideal introduction to the man for younger readers and listeners: nicely paced, admiring but not adulatory, and clear about his importance in history.andquot; andmdash;Horn Book
andquot;Rockwell gives us a whole man, from shy boy to country gentleman, reluctant battlefield hero to legendary leader, and Phelanandrsquo;s bold, dynamic paintings capture the nuances. In an afterword, the author considers the and#39;stain on the new nationandrsquo;s flag,and#39; approaching Washingtonandrsquo;s treatment of his slaves with candor and honesty. A fine biography that respects its audience as much as its subject.andquot; andmdash;Booklist
andquot;Rockwelland#39;s smooth storytelling and knack for economically rendered military episodes should connect well with elementary-grade children. . . . Phelanand#39;s rough line and gouache pictures . . . are sophisticated enough to draw and retain the attention of independent readers.andquot; andmdash;Bulletin
A boy from Virginia becomes the first president
Before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper. But George had character and adaptability. He taught himself courage and self-control. At an early age, and without really realizing it, George Washington gathered the qualities heandrsquo;d need to become one of the greatest leaders America has ever known.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Anne Rockwellandrsquo;s prose is dignified, Matt Phelanandrsquo;s illustrations are striking, and the details they reveal about George Washingtonandrsquo;s early days are fascinating, sometimes tragic, and always moving.
Includes an authorandrsquo;s note.
Through dignified prose and striking illustrations, this title reveals details about George Washington's early days that are fascinating, sometimes tragic, and always moving. Includes an Author's Note. Full color.
This fascinating picture book biography on Georgeand#160;Washington revealsand#160;what madeand#160;the shy boy from Virginia oneand#160;become one of the greatest leaders America has ever known.
About the Author
is the author of hundreds of books for children, including the distinguished picture book biography Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth,
an ALA Notable Childrenand#39;s Book. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.www.AnneRockwell.com
and#160;MATT PHELAN is an illustrator of both childrenand#39;s picture books and chapter books, such as The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, which won the John Newbery Medal. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.www.mattphelan.com