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Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! George Washington is fighting in the American Revolution. He
sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will be surprised to find out what happens in this little-known true story about America's first president.

About the Author

Frank Murphy was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in June of 1938. He was raised and lived in West Springfield, Massachusetts until he joined the Marine Corps on his 17th birthday in June of 1955. His nine years in the Corps took him to such exotic places as Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, The Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and at sea in several ships.

Frank returned to New England and worked for Pratt and Whitney's overhaul and repair facility in Southington, Connecticut. He left there after two years and worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut refitting submarines. In December of 1968, Frank started work as a lineman with Southern New England Telephone Company. He transferred to Southern Bell, now Bell South, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a lineman in 1970. He moved into the Installation and Repair department, PBX Repair and retired as a Digital Technician in Special Services during the summer of 2000.

Frank attended Fort Lauderdale Business College for three years majoring in management. He dropped out to spend more time with his three young sons, planning to return when the boys were grown up. Frank also took many Bell South courses and attended schools in electronics and associated fields to enhance his work skills in the telecommunication field. He was divorced in 1995 after 27 years of marriage. Frank remarried in 1999 to the former Susan Fischer.

Frank started playing Judo in Japan in 1959. He competed in the All Marine Corps Judo Championships held at Parris Island in 1963. He continued playing and teaching until he was injured in a serious motorcycle accident. He lifted weights, snow skied and randaily until recently because of trouble with his knees. He also played volleyball and pick-up baseball games. However, he still target shoots.

Frank enjoys tropical landscaping, gardening and growing orchids. Reading and collecting books is another one of his pleasures. When the house is empty, he'll put on some of his favorite classical CDs.

This book is Frank's first published work. He has been interested in writing since a youngster and has written an unpublished novel concerning the drug trade in South Florida. He wrote another unpublished book outlining his experience with a psychologist while going though his divorced.

Frank is a member of the Marine Corps League Detachment Tamarac 755 and has been involved with veteran affairs over the years.

Richard "Dick" Walz graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has illustrated sixty-three books and has contributed to many others. He has often drawn licensed characters. Recently he's contributed several books to Random House's "Step Into Reading" series. Dick has always had an affection for railroads, so he's enjoyed painting several trains for Just Fine the Way They Are.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0380 (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First edition (December 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375810153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810152
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This easy reader is a delightful story to share with all students. The information gained about President Washington is unforgettable. Children will love that George named his dog "Sweetlips" and they won't forget that he was super kind and honest to one of his enemies! This book will be a staple in classrooms across the country and this true story of George may replace his "Cherry Tree" tale.
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There is so much to this book than noted at first glance. First, we get a great dose of history told in a way children can understand it. Secondly, we learn some little known facts about our first president. Thirdly, we have animals, something neither kids nor adults can ever get enough of and fourthly, we get a story packed full of morals. But that is not all. The illustrations are very well executed and a delight. The text is simple an to the point and goes quite well with the illustrations. The book makes some very complicated situations and states them simply in a very nice story. I enjoy this one almost as much as the children do. This is a good work to read to the class as it generates good discussions. Recommend this one highly.
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My six-year-old son brought this title home from his school library. We read it together several times, and one night I found him meticulously copying a page from the book. My son hated to return the book, and I knew I had to buy it--for both of us! It tells a little-known story about Washington in a charming, beautifully illustrated manner that everyone (especially dog lovers) will love.
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I used this title with a class I teach to American children overseas. They really enjoyed it as a read-aloud and couldn't believe that it was true! I like that the back page had a copy of the original note sent as well as photos of drawings/paintings of Howe and Washington. The illustrations aren't spectacular, but the children loved it.
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This book is great for kids and parents. Teachers should read this book because it teaches good morals, foe children. I also like this book because of the dogs, and writing crafts in it. Hopefully Frank Murphy will keep writing kids books. If you buy this book you will be satisfied

SCOTT 11
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I must admit, my kindergartener and I are great fans of the Step Into Reading series of books. Since my daughter had completed the Step 2 books in the Step Into Reading series of books, I decided to go ahead and purchase the Step 3 books. I was a bit hesitant because I noticed there is quite a big leap between the Step 2 and Step 3 books, especially in terms of vocabulary and sentence structure. The vocabulary is more advanced with higher order words, and the sentences are longer. I was also concerned that my daughter might not like the topics which seemed to be more 'academic' with history-based stories. My worries were unfounded. She loves the books and is reading them with very little help from me (and I enjoy listening to the stories!)

These books are excellent for building children's reading skills as well as increasing their confidence in reading. Once you've completed the Step 1 and Step 2 books (I would advise proceeding level by level), the Step 3 books are not as daunting as they might first appear. In "George Washington and the General's Dog", young readers are introduced to our first President. Who knew Washington was such a great animal lover, and owned 36 dogs in his lifetime? The illustrations enhance the reading experience and will motivate visual learners to want to read.

I can't recommend these books highly enough - they are great for building reading skills, and also educational. This book is a great introduction to history, and I also came up with a series of short comprehension questions based on the story in this book so as to hone my daughter's comprehension skills (e.g. "What was so special about George Washington?", "Can you name at least one of Washington's dogs?", "Who did the Americans fight?" etc.). These books are not only great intermediate readers but might also inculcate in children a great love of history.
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Children can't learn enough about this great hero and this top-rated book has wonderful thing for kids to know about him - George Washington loved animals. He was the best horse rider known in his neighborhood, he checked on all sorts of farm animals when he grew up in Mount Vernon, and he spent much time with his dogs with cute names like "Mopsey," Sweetlips," and "Truelove.". When America needed him to be the general to fight the American Revolution, he took Sweetlips with him. An amazing true dog story is tied into this junior history book as Washington found a lost dog that belonged to the English army general! Washington retuned the dog to enemy General Howe and his kind deed had earned him respect from the English people. The author's note includes the actual letter Washington wrote to Howe which touches all of our hearts. In 1783, America won the war against England and became its own country. He received many animals as honorable gifts from world leaders and as he was elected as the first president of the United States, the man who made history was lead by his six white horses leading the way.
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This well written and illustrated book focuses on our first President's love of animals, especially dogs. A fascinating and unique story about General Washington returning to General William Howe (the great British General and enemy!) his lost dog in the midst of the Revolutionary war. Can you believe it? This touching story not only humanizes Washington, but also does an excellent job introducing kids to early American History. Highly recommended!
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