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George Washington [Hardcover]

By Cheryl Harness (Author)
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Presents the life of George Washington, focusing on the Revolutionary War years and his presidency.

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Cheryl Harness uses her wonderfully vibrant art and down-to-earth writing style to "chip away the marble" and present George Washington as more than a monument. We see George the adventurous boy, tromping through the woods with his dog and his hunting rifle; George the courageous military leader fighting alongside his men; George the cunning military strategist, outfoxing the British and forcing their surrender at Yorktown; George the brilliant statesman presiding over the Constitutional Convention; and George the President, wisely protecting our country from enemies foreign and domestic so it could grow strong. But through it all, we see George as happiest living as an experimental farmer at Mount Vernon with his wife, Martha. He could have been Emperor of America, but he chose to spend his last years "looking after things that needed doing" at home.
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Citations And Professional Reviews
George Washington by Cheryl Harness has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 816
  • Booklist - 03/01/2000 page 1239
  • School Library Journal - 04/01/2000 page 120
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 397
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 373
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 397
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 536

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Item Specifications...

Studio: National Geographic Children's Books
Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.14" Width: 8.84" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   National Geographic Children's Books
Age  9-14
ISBN  0792270967  
ISBN13  9780792270966  

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More About Cheryl Harness

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of numerous children's books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America's historical heroes and heroines. A multi-award winning author and illustrator, she lives in her historic hometown of Independence MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site:

Cheryl Harness currently resides in Independence, in the state of Missouri.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( W ) > Washington, George
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Historical
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > U. S. Presidents & First Ladies
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

Reviews - What do customers think about George Washington?

Beautiful Pictures Enhance this Story of George Washington's Life  Aug 1, 2005
The first thing that struck me about this book was the beautiful, vibrant pictures. I love how Harness includes explanations of some of the words that may not be familiar to children, such as "surveying." I think it's a great book to use in a classroom setting because it hits on many different areas--the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Indpendence, the Constitution, the three branches of government, and slavery. I definitely recommend this book.
Poorly Written  Feb 18, 2004
As a writer, Cheryl Harness desperately needs an editor for omissions, unity, logic & coherence. Shock value is found useful on computer games, but injures the understanding and imagines that children need a low thought standard. That is disparaging.
A colorful juvenile biography of George Washington  Jan 24, 2003
This juvenile biography of "George Washington" by Cheryl Harness combined detailed watercolors with a text that emphasizes that nobody really knew how remarkable the man was until events brought him to the forefront of history. The biography begins with young George Washington dreaming of commanding a warship in the Royal Navy and ends with the former President catching a chill after going out on a snowy day for his customary ride through the fields of Mount Vernon. Most of the focus of this book is on General Washington during the American Revolution, which means that his military service in the French & Indian Wars and his presidency become secondary considerations. The latter is reduced to what the new President would be called, the construction of the new capital city, and the political divisions of Washington's cabinet. The artwork is a combination of big pictures of the noble Father of Our Country and smaller maps and scenes representing the life and times in which Washington lived. The images of Washington are probably the best part of the volume since they do a very nice job of making Washington look like a human being rather than a formal portrait or a marble statue. Some of the pages get a bit cluttered with images and sometimes threaten to overwhelm the text, but on balance this is a solid juvenile biography that makes up with spirit what it lacks in detail. Then again, Harness makes a point of identifying all the historical figures when she details the Continental Congress or Washington's cabinet. This is one of several nice looking presidential biographies Harness has put together for the National Geographic Society.
Makes a GREAT Read Aloud For "Children" of ALL Ages!  Feb 15, 2002
The illustrations in this book are nothing short of amazing. Very powerful. They jump right out at you and each page is loaded with beautiful visuals and text. I lost myself in each page as I read this book to my two daughters. The storyline is definitely geared for the higher primary grade levels (4th/5th Grade and up), but my kids were still mesmerized. Quite frankly, so was I!

I'll add this to our personal library because it is well written and they will appreciate it more in later grades. If you are looking for a terrific book about Washington for younger readers try George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin.

But don't neglect the sheer artistry in this book by Harness. It is truly remarkable!

5 Stars...


A Great Washington Picture Book Biography!  Jun 9, 2000
Harness is a master of the longer picture book biography. While her biographies are heavy with text, they also are heavy with detailed illustrations and little extras! She strikes the balance well! George Washington is no different! Beautiful illustrations jump out! Teachers and kids will love the extra surprises at the end - a "More About George" section and a detailed sketch that identifies everyone at the Constitutional convention in 1787. Buy this book!

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