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Author: Stephen Krensky

Illustrator: Diane Dawson Hearn

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: George Washington wants to go visit his older brother who lives far away. Because he is only 11, his mother really does not want him to go. He decides he will convince her. He tries different ways but not until he talks about learning to ride a horse does she agree that he can go. This is an easy reader story about George Washington as a boy.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 0.8

Age of Child: Read by a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book. She likes reading about historical people when they were young. She enjoyed the simple story and liked the illustrations.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the story showing a mother and son working together. I liked the son working hard to get approval of something. I was glad she liked the book but was not surprised she did as she really likes reading about historical figures.

Pros: This easy reader offers a fun, quick story about a young George Washington.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although it was a good read once it was read there was really no reason to read it again.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE GENERAL'S DOG (Step Into Reading)   ABE LINCOLN'S HAT (Step Into Reading)   MAN O'WAR: BEST RACEHORSE EVER (Step Into Reading)

Educational Themes: Kindergartners and first graders know George Washington the president. Now they can see that he had to work hard and respect his parents to achieve such success.

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

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, biography, US history

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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