This biographical picture book juxtaposes full-page paintings of George Washington with a first-person account of his life, beginning “I am remembered as the Father of My Country.” With just a paragraph or two on each double-page spread, the clearly written, straightforward text is well suited to reading aloud. Aptly chosen selections from Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,” the maxims that he transcribed during his school days and put into practice throughout his life, frequently appear below the text. The illustrations capture the tone as well as the content of the words. Though some of the scenes look as still as tableaux, others recreate motion very effectively. Strong composition and use of light heighten the drama of the scenes. The last page includes an author’s note, an artist’s note, historical notes on the art, and a bibliography. This handsomely designed book presents a traditional view of Washington, which is precisely what many parents and primary-grade teachers will be looking for come Presidents’ Day. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan
"By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the “Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation,” by which he lived and was guided throughout his life.
Excerpts from this little-known historical document appear throughout this stolid picture-book biography of our first president, in which Washington describes some salient details of his life and career in the first person... Wimmer’s paintings are masterful and dramatic ..." Kirkus Reviews
"Wimmer’s handsome, detailed paintings invite readers into Washington’s world. Period costume, furnishings, and weaponry, along with lifelike portraits of the subject at every age, enrich and inform the narrative. Each spread includes an illustration on the verso and text on aged parchment opposite. A first purchase." --School Library Journal, January 2012