From School Library Journal
  ***Starred Review ***
Gr 3-6 This picture-book biography focuses on George Washington s life as a farmer, inventor, and scientist; however, the author also draws many parallels between his role as farmer and as leader. Washington s goal to make his estate self-sufficient carries over to his goal to make the new country independent. Thomas s enthusiasm for her subject is evident in her storytelling-style text. She not only used primary sources in her research, but also included several quotes from Washington s diaries and letters. These quotes are written in large script and inserted appropriately within the text. Johnson s oil paintings support the text while adding a feel of the 18th century. The balanced placement allows both the art and narrative to shine. The author includes useful back matter on visiting Mt. Vernon and an especially enlightening note on George s Thoughts on Slavery. Endpapers show a map of Mt. Vernon taken from a drawing transmitted by General Washington. Students will find this title useful for reports, but will also find it a great nonfiction read.         ~ Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH --School & Library Journal

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