Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington

by Anne Rockwell, Matt Phelan

This fascinating picture book biography on George Washington reveals what made the shy boy from Virginia one become one of the greatest leaders America has ever known. 


  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544582460
  • ISBN-10: 0544582462
  • Pages: 48
  • Publication Date: 09/01/2015
  • Carton Quantity: 50
About the Book
About the Authors
  • About the Book
    A boy from Virginia becomes the first president 


    Before he was the face on the dollar bill, George Washington was a shy boy with a hot temper. But George had character and adaptability. He taught himself courage and self-control. At an early age, and without really realizing it, George Washington gathered the qualities he’d need to become one of the greatest leaders America has ever known. 

         Anne Rockwell’s prose is dignified, Matt Phelan’s illustrations are striking, and the details they reveal about George Washington’s early days are fascinating, sometimes tragic, and always moving. 


    Includes an author’s note.

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    "The thin, swirling lines of Phelan’s soft pencil-and-gouache illustrations enhance the stirring narrative, often depicting people against their natural environment; his powerful use of shadow and light emphasizes Washington’s struggles and victories. Overall, a dynamic examination of one of America’s first leaders." —Kirkus Reviews 


    "Perhaps as balance to the bicentennial emphasis on Abraham Lincoln comes this welcome new picture book biography of George Washington. . . . This is an ideal introduction to the man for younger readers and listeners: nicely paced, admiring but not adulatory, and clear about his importance in history." —Horn Book 


    "Rockwell gives us a whole man, from shy boy to country gentleman, reluctant battlefield hero to legendary leader, and Phelan’s bold, dynamic paintings capture the nuances. In an afterword, the author considers the 'stain on the new nation’s flag,' approaching Washington’s treatment of his slaves with candor and honesty. A fine biography that respects its audience as much as its subject." —Booklist 


    "Rockwell's smooth storytelling and knack for economically rendered military episodes should connect well with elementary-grade children. . . . Phelan's rough line and gouache pictures . . . are sophisticated enough to draw and retain the attention of independent readers." —Bulletin

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