If You Grew Up With George Washington

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P. J. Nunn, Common Sense Media
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Bite-size chunks of history.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the illustrations will help children familiarize themselves with new words. The question-answer format breaks history up into fascinating bite-size chunks.

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What's the story?

What was it like to be a child during George Washington's lifetime? What were the bathrooms like? What happened if you got sick? Why did men wear wigs? This book introduces children to the way things were done back then in a question/answer format which makes history lively.


Is it any good?

This book is primarily an educational tool, and though many of the facts are interesting, the format may not hold much appeal for young readers who prefer a story. Adults reading it aloud, however, will find opportunities for interaction and discussion that could become quite lively. The artwork is appealing and helps children visualize how our forebears lived and worked. Children will also enjoy the sections that identify a variety of headwear and clothing, and may find it interesting that tobacco was often used as money.

The book is an excellent research resource for children ages 9 and up, and parents can use it to spark an interest in history. It's good, too, for classroom or open-house skits and role-plays. Older children may use it to locate information for history papers and reports, and the brevity of some topics may spark a desire for further exploration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Washington's life compares to their own. What was different back then? What was similar? Would you have enjoyed living in Washington's time? Do you think he could have imagined what the world be like today? What do you think the world might be like 300 years from now?

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