George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara and Illustrated by Barry Blitt

George Washington's BirthdayGeorge Washington’s Birthday:  A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara and Illustrated by Barry Blitt.  Ages 4 – 8 (2.5 year old son loved it).  Schwartz & Wade.  January 2012.  40 pages.  ISBN:  978-0375844997.  $17.99

Quick Summary:  This is a very creatively done book about George Washington as a child on his 7th birthday.  This is a fictional book about George Washington that cleverly integrates and dispels many of the myths about him.  A fictional book dispelling myths — a happy irony.  It is done in a simple narrative that is easy and fun to follow.  The illustrations are beautiful and accessible to adults and children alike. The illustrations along with the text make this book a great introduction (and reintroduction) to George Washington.

Our Experience Reading this Book:  We highly, highly recommend this book.  It was a lot of fun to read this book and my son wanted me to read it to him again and again and again.  I was thrilled every time my son pulled this book off the shelf, of his own volition, and asked me to read it to him.  I learned things about George Washington and loved looking at the illustrations.  It’s a light introduction to George Washington and I’m thrilled that this is how I was able to first tell my son about him.

What has surprised me about this book is how long lasting of an impression this book has made.  My son and I read this book months ago.  We read it every day for about six weeks and sometimes two or three times in a row.  This led to me telling him more about what I know (or think I know) about George Washington.  I pulled out a dollar bill and told my son that this is what he looked like when he grew up.  I showed him some quarters, too.  A few weeks later I showed him the dollar bill and my son proudly declared (at not even two and a half years old at the time) that it was, “George Washington and he was the first president AND he chopped down a cherry tree.”  Well, at least he got the first two parts right and he can learn about myths a little later — and at least he has the right myth with the right president.  Anyway, I’m one proud mama.

I think it is great that my son has this information somewhere in his brain now and it’s a great start.  We’ll come back to this book many more times.  I’m impressed with how many layers this book has.  I’m also looking forward to my son and I having deeper discussions about George Washington when we read this book later.  It’s a book that will become even more interesting to him as he gets older and understands more about the world around him.

I hope you get a chance to check it out.  It’s elegant, fun, and very informative.

Where Obtained:  Library.

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  1. Great review, and what an awesome book to teach your son about the history of your country. I am so amazed at the impact it has made, that is such a joy to hear to know that our kids still want to learn about the past so they can make a better future. Thanks for linking it into the kidlit blog hop, cheers Julie Grasso


  2. It’s so funny what sometimes resonates with children. I’m constantly surprised by what my kids remember from books and will bring up months later. I loved your line: “A fictional book dispelling myths — a happy irony. ” LOL That’s awesome – love it! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again! 🙂


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