George Washington, Our Founding Father
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781416954828, 31pp.
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
As a boy, with the help of his teachers, George Washington created a list of the values of civility that he wanted to live by:
1. When another speaks, be attentive yourself and disturb not the audience.
2. Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for tis better to be alone than in bad company.
This richly illustrated picture book is based on that little-known historical document and chronicles George Washington's life from boyhood to his extraordinary leadership position as the first President of the United States of America.
Mike Wimmer is the illustrator of many popular and award-winning books, including Frank Keating s Will Rogers," Summertime" by George Gershwin, and Home Run" by Robert Burleigh. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma."
"By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation,” by which he lived and was guided throughout his life.
Excerpts from this little-known historical document appear throughout this stolid picture-book biography of our first president, in which Washington describes some salient details of his life and career in the first person... Wimmer’s paintings are masterful and dramatic ..." Kirkus Reviews
"Wimmer’s handsome, detailed paintings invite readers into Washington’s world. Period costume, furnishings, and weaponry, along with lifelike portraits of the subject at every age, enrich and inform the narrative. Each spread includes an illustration on the verso and text on aged parchment opposite. A first purchase." --School Library Journal, January 2012