The House That George Built
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: The House That George Built
Author: Suzanne Slade
Major Themes: George Washington, The White House, Washington D.C.
Synopsis: One of George Washington’s jobs, as the first President of the United States, was to design and have built a house for the president to live in.
The House That George Built is a lovely picture book about George Washington. I thought, when I saw the title, that it would be about the building of Mount Vernon, but to my surprise, it was about building the White House! I had not realized, before, that he had such a large part to play in designing that building.
My 3- and 6-year-olds came over to me about the time I started looking at this story on my computer, so I read it aloud to them. They really enjoyed it (although there are few stories they don’t enjoy!). Each two-page spread has a large color picture done in watercolor of various stages of building the White House. Did you know it was built of bricks made from the clay in the hill on which it was built? I didn’t either!
There are two levels to the story. One is fairly detailed, giving specific information about the project; the other is patterned after The House That Jack Built, with more added to the rhyme each time it is repeated. This makes it a lovely story for very little children as well as older ones. I’m glad I found it!
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.