Barry Blitt’s witty watercolor illustrations make us see colonial times in a whole new light (forget stiff and formal, think casual and funny). McNamara peppers her narrative with humorous inside jokes. (My favorite is George muttering under his breath to his bossy older brother: “Someday I’ll be the boss of you.”) She also includes captions throughout the text that highlight facts and myths associated with Washington. For example, it’s a fact that Washington wrote a list of rules for good behavior “to help him remember how to be a gentleman”; it’s a myth that he cut down a cherry tree and truthfully confessed to his crime. There is an afterword on the last page (written in Washington’s voice) that provides even more fascinating facts about the Father of our Country. (For example, did you know that Washington was actually born on February 11, 1732, not February 22, 1732, because they used a different calendar back in those days?) If you’re looking to add to your collection of books about American history, consider George Washington’s Birthday. Clever and funny, it’ll have kids soaking up facts about the first president while chuckling over his antics.
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When it comes to books about George Washington or any other American president, what books do you like to use in the classroom or read at home?