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PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON by David A. Adler

PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

By David A. Adler (Author) , John Wallner (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2005
ISBN: 0-8234-1604-6
Publisher: Holiday House

The third of Adler’s rewritten versions of volumes in his Picture Book Biography series follows the first two in supplying additional facts and dates, including endnotes, a reading list and a list of his sources—all presented in an early-chapter-book format. Wallner likewise recasts his illustrations, with smaller, less cartoon-like watercolor scenes and slightly more intricate detail. The author’s decision to close with a variant (or misquote?) of John Marshall’s famous “First in war…” line could have used some explanation, though he does cite a 19th-century source for it—otherwise, this redone biography provides a fuller, richer picture of Washington than its 1989 progenitor, especially for newly independent readers. (Biography. 7-9)