I Am George Washington (I Am, Book 5)
Grace Norwich, Anthony VanArsdale
Age range: 8 - 10 Years
The inspiring tale of an American hero's journey to become the first President of the United States.
Just in time for President's Day, children will be moved by Washington's revolutionary vision for our country. Celebrated war hero, George Washington used his progressive ideals to become the first President of the US, earning the nickname "Father of his country." Readers will be inspired by Washington's heroic journey to make America a better place.
dolls, or carriages that were shipped from England—and for those, they needed a lot of money from selling their crops). At first, George followed the example of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather by growing tobacco. The plant that’s used for smoking or chewing is not only a tough crop to grow, but it also robs the land of its nutrients. Never afraid to try new things, George switched over to growing wheat, which he turned into flour. He also started a spinning and weaving business to
the Stamp Act—not because they felt bad about what they had done, but because they needed people in America to buy their stuff! In fact, just in case the Americans got the wrong idea about their intentions, on the same day Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, it also passed the Declaratory Act, which stated it could make laws enforceable in the colonies “in all cases whatsoever.” As if to prove the point, Parliament soon passed a new law that the colonies had to pay taxes on any paper, glass,
Although he was physically and mentally exhausted, everyone from friends to political advisers, including Thomas Jefferson, wanted him to continue on for another four years. The country was young, and it still needed stability. “North and South will hang together if they have you to hang on,” Thomas Jefferson said. Never one to shirk his duty, George reluctantly agreed. In his second election, George won again with John Adams voted vice president again. At first, George refused to take the
that he wasn’t “afraid to go,” George passed away at the age of sixty-seven. Martha insisted on a modest funeral, but the nation demanded something much grander to remember the man who led the country into existence. When the Washington Monument was finished on December 6, 1884, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. Shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, it stands 555 feet 5 �⁄8 inches high with views in excess of 30 miles and is still the world’s tallest stone structure. The strong,
of America Paperback Classics, 2011. Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth & Memory, by Edward G. Lengel, HarperCollins, 2011. Who Was George Washington?, by Roberta Edwards, Grosset & Dunlap, 2009. Copyright � 2012 by Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved. Published by Scholastic Inc. SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc. e-ISBN 978-0-545-52042-3 First printing, December 2012 Cover illustration by Mark Fredrickson