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FARMER GEORGE PLANTS A NATION by Peggy Thomas

FARMER GEORGE PLANTS A NATION

By Peggy Thomas (Author) , Layne Johnson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59078-460-0
Publisher: Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills

A pleasing new picture book looks at George Washington’s career through an agricultural lens. Sprinkling excerpts from his letters and diaries throughout to allow its subject to speak in his own voice, the narrative makes a convincing case for Washington’s place as the nation’s First Farmer. His innovations, in addition to applying the scientific method to compost, include a combination plow-tiller-harrow, the popularization of the mule and a two-level barn that put horses to work at threshing grain in any weather. Thomas integrates Washington’s military and political adventures into her account, making clear that it was his frustration as a farmer that caused him to join the revolutionary cause. Lane’s oil illustrations, while sometimes stiff, appropriately portray a man who was happiest when working the land. Backmatter includes a timeline, author’s notes on both Mount Vernon and Washington the slaveholder, resources for further exploration and a bibliography. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)