Title: The Adventures of George WashingtonThe Adventures of George Washington
Author: Margaret Davidson
Illustrator: Seymour Fleishman
Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★★

I love the title of this book. Usually we only call something ‘The Adventures of’ if the main character is fictional. But George Washington was no fiction – even though his adventures sometimes read like he must have been.

This biography, devoted as it was to the adventures of George Washington, spent no time at all talking about his childhood or family history. Instead, it dived right into his days as a surveyor and soldier.

Individual hair-raising incidents are included from these exploits as well as a general description of the path they took – we read about the time George Washington was nearly murdered by an Indian guide as well as his entire trek through the untamed multi-claimed wilderness that became America. We hear about moments in battle when Washington ought to have died along with an account of the war’s progress. And finally we learn about Washington’s presidency.

The illustrations are nice, sketchy little black, cream, and green things.

Conclusion. Fine – it doesn’t cover Washington’s life from one end to another, but what it does cover, it covers adventuresomely. :D

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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