Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?
Author: Jean Fritz
Major Themes: George III, Kings, Royalty, Picture Books, American Revolution
Synopsis: King George knew how to be king—you treat your subjects as a father would his children!
Here is yet another fun picture book from American history by Jean Fritz. We have read her books about Paul Revere, Ben Franklin and Patrick Henry recently, but probably enjoyed Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? the most—although it isn’t very nice to poor King George.
When George was young, he didn’t think he would have to be king for a long time—and then his father suddenly died, leaving George next in line to the throne. Suddenly, his carefree boyhood was over—he had to learn to be a king! He was going to be a good king, a father to his people.
What did a good king do? He made sure his people obeyed. He punished them when they were naughty. So, that is what King George did. When the people in his American colonies disobeyed him, he punished them—and was shocked when they turned against him! He never could understand why England lost the war.
There are funny sentences all the way through Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?. The part about his wedding is quite funny, as are the parts about his children. The author pokes fun at the king all the way through, though, which I didn’t really like when I stopped to think about it. It’s humorous, but not kind. So, if you want to get a slightly different perspective on the American Revolution, have a look at this book.
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12
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Keywords: George III, Kings, Royalty, Picture Books, American Revolution