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Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas
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Jun 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, historical, nonfiction, picture-book
Recommended for: Grades 3 and up
Read on June 17, 2010 , read count: 1

Most children know George Washington as a president; some know him as a general; but few know him as a farmer. But that is the one occupation that followed him throughout his adult life. When he first came to Mount Vernon, he tried to grow crops that were less dependent on England as the market. This was a time when the colonies were becoming disenchanted with their relationship with the mother country and Washington was eventually called away from Mt. Vernon to lead the American army. He was gone for 8 years, but he continued his oversight of the farm through letters back home. After he returned and then left again upon his election as the first president, he continued his management from afar.

This was a very interesting book with curriculum tie-ins to science, social studies and writing. Many quotes from Washington's journal are sprinkled through the narrative. Several of his experiments to improve plant growth and his inventions are highlighted, also. At the close of the book is a page using more journal excerpts to explore Washington's dislike of the slavery system and his refusal to sell his own slaves because he couldn't bear breaking up families.

This book truly broadened my appreciation for America's first president.

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