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9 to 11
4 to 6
Trim Size:
10" x 10"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-460-0
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


George Washington as he's rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work.


"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. . . . Backmatter includes a timeline, author's notes on both Mount Vernon and Washington the slaveholder, resources for further exploration and a bibliography." --Kirkus Reviews

* "Students will find this title useful for reports, but will also find it a great nonfiction read." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Exquisite artwork. . . . Should be included in library collections because of its unusual treatment of George's lifetime achievements." --Library Media Connection, starred review

Meet the Author

Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas is the author of multiple picture books, including award-winning Calkins Creek titles Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation, Farmer George Plants a Nation,and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson. She is also the co-author of Anatomy of Nonfiction, the only writing guide for children's nonfiction.

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Meet the Illustrator

Layne Johnson

Layne Johnson has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the Western Heritage Award--winning Off Like the Wind!: The First Ride of the Pony Express by Michael P. Spradlin. Mr. Johnson speaks frequently in schools and libraries. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife.

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