Farmer George Plants a Nation

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Farmer George Plants a Nation

By Peggy Thomas; Layne Johnson (Illustrator)

Calkins Creek Books, Hardcover, 9781590784600, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

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.

About the Author
Peggy Thomas is the author of Joshua the Giant Frog (Pelican), as well as a dozen nonfiction titles. Peggy lives in Middleport, New York.

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.