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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  19 reviews
George Washington Allen, a boy who never gives up until he finds out what he wants to know, is determined to learn all there is to know about his namesake?including what the first president ate for breakfast! ?The sprightly, humorous story and likable colored illustrations bring history alive and make research meaningful.? --Booklist ?A delightful book?The plot combines hi...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 2nd 1998 by Puffin (first published February 22nd 1969)
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Jared Little
This book, though actually a story about a young boy whose name is George Washington, reads like a biography of the man himself. George Washington Allen is a boy who obviously shares a namesake with the famous first president. He seeks to find out everything there is to know about his hero. The book chronicles the life of the famous soldier and politician from Virginia and tells it through the eyes of our protagonist. The book gives examples of how students can do research to find answers to que...more
Samantha Meyer
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George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz is about a young boy named George W. Allen who is "...proud of two things. His name and his birthday." George feels connected to George Washington because he shares the same name and they share the same birthday. Ever since he realized that, he wanted to find out everything he could about George Washington. He begins to find out obscure facts like the names of President Washington's dogs and horses. He found out that they both like to count thin...more
Autumn Miller
This story is about a boy named George Washington Allen who thinks he's practically related to George Washington because they have to same name and birthday. The boy knows everything about George Washington but the main thing he wanted to know is what George Washington ate for breakfast. So his grandmother promises him that if he finds out that she'll make it for the boy. So the boy searches everywhere for George Washingtons breakfast. From the library to all the way to Washington, D.C. He gets...more
Sarah
I did not think much of this short, somewhat dated book by children's history writer Jean Fritz. But then the third grade teacher with whom I was student teaching "enriched" my appreciation for the novel by preparing breakfast for our students and having them dress in "colonial" attire. The kids had a blast and many of them began to look into other Jean Fritz works thus expanding their knowledge of American history. Just goes to show what a little nudge can do for a book. (Granted, our hoecakes...more
Melissa
This was a great work of historical fiction set as an adventure by a young boy wanting to find the answer to a simple question.
Heather
This wasn't my favorite of the books we've read about Washington. We didm however, learn a few things we hadn't known before.

I thought the Grandma exceptionally cranky and I sure wouldn't want her for my grandma. I also didn't appreciate how the son yelled at his parents when he was angry.

One of my sons really enjoyed it and is telling everyone what a great book it is. I'm not sure if we'll read it again. It's a quick read though....
Sharyn L.
Not quite a chapter book, but longer than a picture book. My second graders love this story. One "historical" fact- the boy in the story uses a card catalog to look for books- no online search for books. Includes a picture of a card catalog. We read this book in February, along with other books about Lincoln and Washington. Genre: Realistic fiction.
Amy
I felt this was a really creative take on the subject. As a homeschooler that tends to follow the interest of my child, I could really relate to this story as the family tries many tacts to answer the son's question. Would love to have followed up the read with a visit to Mt. Vernon too!. Someday.

We did make hoecakes though (sans hoe.)
Nicole
This is a great book for humanizing George Washington. You learn obscure details about George Washington including his shoe size, the names of his 10 hunting dogs, and that his famously ruined teeth got that way by using them to crack walnuts when he was young.

The ending makes for an easy mini-lesson on inferences.
Penny
This is a great book to read to children about discovering their own answers to their questions about famous people by using the library system and reference librarians, visiting historical sites, and engaging the whole family in research. Not to mention is does tell you what George Washington ate for breakfast!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book is outdated, but I love it anyway. A boy wants to find out what George Washington ate for breakfast, so that he can have the same thing. It's a wonderful story for introducing the research process to children. I wish it could be updated to include researching online. Still, a nice place to start.
Rebecca Snodgrass
I didn't really like this book, and I don't think my kids will either. The pictures are a bit boring, but you get to see into Washington's life.
Caren
A simple read aloud choice for younger grades that would open up discussions on reaching and Washington.
Could serve hoecakes.
Monica
Don't judge me, I read kids books at work sometimes. If they make me laugh or keep me entertained, they get a few stars. *shrugs*
Delona
Cute book. Didn't learn much important but I did learn that George Washington ate Indian hoecakes for breakfast.
Bree
Notes:
kid named GW has things in common with the first pres
a bunch of random fun-facts
didn't like it
Art
Simple and fun to read. Very informative. enjoyable.
Matt
With original cover art by Paul Galdone, mine was paperback
John
It's about doing research.
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Jean Fritz is a children’s author who has a fascination with writing historical fictions. She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents. After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States. Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award-winning and respected author. She has received an honor for every book that sh...more
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