President’s Day is just around the corner, and this year my preschooler is at a great age to start talking about our country and the people who have been our leaders. I didn’t really have any ideas of how to recognize the day….until I received a new book in the mail.
A new release from Random House, George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale is written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Barry Blitt. This book, for children ages 4 through 8, is a great way to introduce my daughter to our first President of the United States.
We’ve all heard many things about George Washington over the years. I know I’ve always thought of him as a man wearing a white wig….haven’t you? Did you know he actually didn’t wear a wig? Really! You’ll find out that and plenty more facts in this delightful story. Both facts and myths too.
The fictional story takes place during Washington’s childhood, specifically on his 7th birthday. I love this because who really ever thinks of a President as a child. I think this shows children that any child can grow up to be a great leader. Everyone starts out as a child, dealing with sibling issues, having chores, etc.
The illustrations in the book, and the color palette used, are perfect for the setting. I absolutely love the cover……with a small George Washington measuring himself against a tree. Don’t all kids do that? 🙂
While the story itself is fictional, facts and myths are both highlighted in frames throughout the book.
This is a must-read during February…..I highly recommend it!
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