School Library Journal Best Book of the Year NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book American Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Recommended Book
Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, did you know that George Washington was also a farmer? Here's a look at America's first President as he's rarely seen.
George Washington was the first leader of our country—but he was also an inventor, scientist, and the most forward-thinking farmer of his time. As he worked to make the new country independent, he also struggled to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout this nonfiction picture book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both the author and illustrator worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work. Nebraska Farm Bureau Children’s Agriculture Book of the Year Ohio Farm Bureau’s Children’s Book Award A Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List
About the Author
Peggy Thomas is the author of more than a dozen books for children and young adults, including Joshua the Giant Frog, a tall tale about the Erie Canal. Ms. Thomas is a frequent speaker in schools and libraries. She lives in Middleport, New York.
Layne Johnson has illustrated many acclaimed picture books for children, including Remembering Grandpa by Uma Krishnaswami. He lives in Houston, Texas.
★ "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
"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