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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9 comments

  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

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  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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