post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: George Washington
Author: Cheryl Harness
Major Themes: George Washington, History, Biography, American Revolution
Synopsis: Engaging text and beautiful oil paintings tell the story of George Washington and the American Revolution.
I have used several of Cheryl Harness’s books for our history studies. They are beautiful picture books (can you tell what type of artwork I enjoy?) and the text, while simple, tells a detailed but simple story that children really seem to enjoy. Our most recent book by her was George Washington, and we enjoyed it as much as the others we’ve read.
This narrative begins with a one-page description of George’s boyhood, and then talks briefly about his work as a surveyor. Most of the book is taken up with the story of the American Revolution, and then a few pages at the end tell about his presidency and retirement. One page emphasizes the fact that Washington voluntarily laid down his command of the army after the war—a truly revolutionary thing to do!
As I said, each page is beautifully illustrated with full-color oil paintings. These pictures cover the entire page, except for text boxes. Included in many of the illustrations are maps that show where events happen, with brief descriptions of the events inside the maps. George Washington is a very useful book, and one that children like to spend a lot of time studying! As far as I’m concerned, any book by Cheryl Harness is a keeper!