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Dear Mr. Washington

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Artist's kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.

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DEAR MR. WASHINGTON is a hoot. It not only humanizes the president but also entertains with the juxtaposition of normal family mayhem with active kids and the portrait sitting of a prestigious subject. Charlotte's formal letters are funny as they recount the crazy things that happened when Mr. Washington was visiting her home.

Nancy Carpenter's playful ink-and-wash illustrations give kids many fun details to pore over, including a punch bowl turned upside down on a toddler and whimsical spot art in the author's note of a smiling George wearing one starred and one striped stocking as he reads Charlotte's letter.

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