WHERE WASHINGTON WALKED by Raymond Bial

WHERE WASHINGTON WALKED

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Bial follows up his successful Where Lincoln Walked (1997) with a companion volume on the first president’s peregrinations, with significantly less success. The slim offering is necessarily light on the text, painting with broad strokes Washington’s career and offsetting the text with photographs of the places its subject lived and campaigned. The paucity of information on Washington’s youth is ruefully acknowledged and quickly dispatched as the narrative moves on to his military career. Unfortunately, this limitation leaches from this account what was so effective for child readers in the earlier work: the focus on the great man’s childhood. Some of the photographs appear out of sync with the text; the worst instance features photographs of the New York tavern where he bade his officers farewell in 1783 even as the text describes his weary retreat to Mount Vernon in 1797. Furthermore, a reliance on mythmaking paintings does nothing to separate fact from fiction for young readers. Even the backmatter suffers by comparison to the earlier work, omitting as it does the map of its subject’s travels. A disappointment. (bibliography, further reading, places to visit) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8899-8
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2004




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