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GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE GENERAL'S DOG (Step Into Reading)

Author: Frank Murphy

Illustrator: Richard Walz

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers,

Material: paperback

Summary: General George Washington finds the dog of the British general. Does he approach the dog's owner (who is the enemy) or keep the dog? George loved pets so much that this was a very hard decision. The story shows how he handled this situation and also how he became our first president. This is an easy reader that offers historical trivia for new readers.

Type of Reading: read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because of the reading level and because it was about an historical figure. Before we started reading, my daughter said she didn’t think she was going to like it, but once she started reading it she did not put it down until she was finished. She then said that she enjoyed it and wanted to read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I actually learned things about George Washington that I did not know! This is a well-written and easy-to-understand book. I was very glad when she said she did like it and wants to read more books like this one.

Pros: In this easy reader, kids will gain confidence in their reading and learn facts about our first president that they can proudly share with those of us who don't!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow for home use. Teachers should definitely have this in their classrooms.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ABE LINCOLN'S HAT (Step Into Reading)   OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT   PETS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Educational Themes: New readers get to practice and learn history at the same time.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, US history, biography, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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