Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne RockwellBig George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne Rockwell

Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington

byAnne RockwellIllustratorMatt Phelan

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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"A dynamic examination of one of America's first leaders." - Kirkus Reviews

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,&nbsphe gathered the qualities he'd need to become the first president of the United States.
&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Anne Rockwell's prose is dignified, Matt Phelan's illustrations are striking, and the details they reveal about George Washington's early days are fascinating, sometimes tragic, and always moving.

Includes an author's note.
Anne Rockwell is the author of hundreds of books for children, including Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.  Visit her website at www.annerockwell.com . Matt Phelan 's many books include Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle and The Storm in th...
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Title:Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President WashingtonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 11.5 × 9 × 0.18 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544582462

ISBN - 13:9780544582460

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The thin, swirling lines of Phelan'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 Washington's struggles and victories. Overall, a dynamic examination of one of America's first leaders." - Kirkus Reviews "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." - Horn Book "Rockwell gives us a whole man, from shy boy to country gentleman, reluctant battlefield hero to legendary leader, and Phelan's bold, dynamic paintings capture the nuances. In an afterword, the author considers the 'stain on the new nation's flag,' approaching Washington's treatment of his slaves with candor and honesty. A fine biography that respects its audience as much as its subject." - Booklist "Rockwell's smooth storytelling and knack for economically rendered military episodes should connect well with elementary-grade children. . . . Phelan's rough line and gouache pictures . . . are sophisticated enough to draw and retain the attention of independent readers." - Bulletin "