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George Washington's Breakfast

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  45 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
Hardcover, 43 pages
Published February 22nd 1969 by Putnam Pub Group Library
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Karen Kimball
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! When I taught 3and 4 grade (Special Ed) I would use this book with my students. WE would write letters to find out what people ate for breakfast. One year we wrote grandparents, another year they wrote to teachers at our school. One time students wrote to our Mayor, School Supertiendent, Govenor, State Assembly people, and US Senators, Congress person. It was a great activity because we learned how to write a letter and we practiced handwriting. For the most people wrote back a ...more
Luisa Knight
It is true that kids usually ask the odd questions that adults wouldn't typically think of.

In this story, George is a boy that was named after George Washington. He loves everything about him and knows a lot about him too. One morning while eating his own breakfast though, he wonders what the President ate. And that starts him on a quest for the answer.

You and your children will pick up some fun facts before finding out what our first President ate in the morning.

Ages: 6 - 11

Cleanliness: a boy g
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A novel about a strong-willed child and a stubborn grandmother (or vice-versa, depending on the spin you want to put on it) first; an inspiration for budding historians second, a how-to do old-school research third, and a biography of our first president fourth. The first two are not only the most interesting aspects, but the most relevant now. Fritz does have a knack for bringing history to life; I'll keep reading her short books as I find them to enrich my understandings. ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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. ...more
This was a fun book to read. Many little facts about Washington, but a fun story about a boy who doesn't give up on finding out the information he wanted. He uses his library and goes on a trip with his parents. ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This short picture book is about a young boy who searches high and low to find out what George Washington ate for breakfast. He models how to research a question and he doesn't give up till he finds the answer.

It's a great little book to discuss asking questions and how to research. Plus, you get to know some fun facts about George Washington along the way.
Samantha Meyer
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eced-221
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
Autumn Miller
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was hilarious in parts, and a nice departure for a way to learn about George Washington. The cover on the copy I read is very cute, with both Georges in bathrobes. Yes, it's dated; you'd have to explain what a card catalog is to students. I enjoyed reading about a student with the desire to learn. Today George Allen would have a much easier time finding out what the other George had for breakfast; just googling it yielded several hoecake pages. I am sure that Jean Fritz did extensive r ...more
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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....
Etta Mcquade
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Did you know George Washington ate breakfast "about seven o'clock on three small Indian hoe cakes and as many dishes of tea?" That's what George W. Allen, learned about the man whom he was named for because the two were born on the same day. Not only that, the curious young lad also learned other incidentals about our first president, such as, he had 10 hunting dogs, all named, and he liked to count things. A delightful book, and nicely illustrated, too. ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
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. ...more
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.)
Amy Souza
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is a great story about how a child relates to history. He was very interested in finding out something personal about a towering historical icon that he happened to share a name and a birthday with. This story follows the boy until he finds out and how he does is a surprise. Very nice book.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read along with our study of the Revolutionary War. Fritz does a great job of weaving Washington's life story in with the story of a modern-day little boy. My kids enjoyed it and remember much more about Washington than they might have otherwise. ...more
This book tells the life of George Washington through the eyes of a young boy. The young boy was named George, after Washington and shared the same birthday as the former president.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Cute book. Didn't learn much important but I did learn that George Washington ate Indian hoecakes for breakfast. ...more
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
With original cover art by Paul Galdone, mine was paperback
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I adore Jean Fritz. Darling story. I was itching to know with George the main character!
A simple read aloud choice for younger grades that would open up discussions on reaching and Washington.
Could serve hoecakes.
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-history
kid named GW has things in common with the first pres
a bunch of random fun-facts
didn't like it
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simple and fun to read. Very informative. enjoyable.
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. ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a child. I've read it over and over to my students.
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob
Jacob read for his 15min Read-Aloud challenge...May 2016
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Jean Fritz was a children’s author with 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 received an honor for every book that she wrot ...more

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