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George Washington
Davis, Kenneth C.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Examines the childhood and youth, education, early surveying career, life in the military, and presidency of George Washington.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 4.0 77102.
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E312.66 .D39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E312.66 .D39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E312.66 .D39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E312.66 .D39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E312.66 .D39 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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• Where did George go to college? (see page 20)

• Why didn't he sign the Declaration of Independence? (see page 60)

• Did everyone vote for him to be president of the United States? (see page 92)

Best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis lays aside popular myth to unveil the true character of an avid farmer -- and our nation's first president. He weaves a smooth, flowing narrative into the trademark question-and-answer format of his popular Don't Know Much About® series, peppering this outstanding biography with informational sidebars and compelling quotes. Washington's life illuminates a glorious era in American history. Maps, reproductions from the period, and clever black-and-white illustrations by Rob Shepperson help re-create the flavor of these exciting times.

Author Notes

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis attended Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City. Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-7. Organized in the author's trademark question-and-answer format, these biographies have sure appeal for reluctant readers. Davis gives just enough historical background to place his subjects in context, and he has selected and phrased his facts with middle-schoolers' interests and sense of humor in mind. Washington features amusing line drawings by Rob Shepperson; the artwork in Sitting Bull, which is more serious in tone, includes some rather murky pencil sketches and period photographs. The selected bibliography in Sitting Bull is a mix of adult and children's books; in George Washington youth fiction and nonfiction titles are listed separately, followed by a bibliography of mostly adult books. Both books have a time line; Washington also includes a Web site list. The subjects are familiar, but the treatment is unusual and effective. --Catherine Andronik

Publisher's Weekly Review

The first president is also a subject in one of two new entries in Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About series. George Washington, illus. by Rob Shepperson, and Sitting Bull, illus. by Sergio Martinez, both follow the author's established q&a format and present an abundance of information, both weighty and frivolous, about these important American figures. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Washington's life and accomplishments are communicated in easy-to-digest snippets with a few line drawings, historical reproductions, and maps thrown in along the way. It is easy to pooh-pooh this approach, but Davis is an engaging enough writer to pull it off. Before he launches into the answers to his self-posed questions, he begins by telling readers, "If you have a dollar bill or a quarter, then George Washington is in your pocket." The questions range from the truly kid-focused ("Was George Washington an only child?") to those adults might wish that youngsters would ask ("How did Washington, champion of liberty, feel about slavery?") to those that must be posed in order to provide background and move the narrative along ("What's so good about owning a colony anyway?"). The answers seem factual, debunk a number of myths, and are interspersed with sidebars on everything from colonial clothing to food at Mount Vernon to the Electoral College. Quotes from famous people of the time are interspersed throughout. The chronology, brief suggested-reading lists, and more extensive bibliography, augmented by the now-obligatory Web sites, make this book useful for assignments. It will probably even serve nicely as a sort of George Washington Cliffs Notes for older students.-Sue Sherif, Alaska State Library, Anchorage (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.