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George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale Hardcover – January 10, 2012

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About the Author

MARGARET MCNAMARA is the author of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, called "illuminating" by FamilyFun Magazine and recommended as "a first-purchase consideration" by School Library Journal, and most recently of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, illustrated by Mark Fearing. She is also the author of the popular Robin Hill School early reader series which sold more than 1.5 million copies. She lives in New York City.

BARRY BLITT's illustrations have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Child Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of the children's books The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Jonah Winter, as well as Once Upon a Time, the End: Asleep in 60 Seconds by Geoffrey Kloske.
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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844997
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher-Award winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books and the Robin Hill School series for early readers. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

"Margaret McNamara is a pen-name," says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. "I write under the name Margaret McNamara because it was my maternal grandmother's name. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read."

Margaret has just completed work on fifth and sixth Fairy Bell Sisters books (about Tinker Bell's Little Sisters); those two titles will release in summer and fall of 2014. Her most recent picture book is "The Apple Orchard Riddle," another book about the students in Mr. Tiffin's class, who first appeared in "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin." Next up from Margaret is a new adventure set in Mr. Tiffin's class, "A Poem in Your Pocket," to be published on Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015. She is researching a picture book biography of Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.



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George Washington must have been more likable and human than the chilly marble images let on, or who would have followed him across that crazy river? Margaret McNamara and Barry Blitt give us back the Founding Father as Floundering Kid. It's not a cynical take on the great man, though very droll; it's un-awed yet kindly. American history, as usually taught, in its chest-thumping brow-beating way, can make us feel sometimes that the less we hear about the Fathers, the better. But having read this book to my own kids, I will take more pleasure in George's birthday henceforth; and so, I hope, will they.
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I partly read and parly told this story to my preschool class. It was a little confussing when I would read the made up parts of the story and then had to tell the kids that this part probably wasn't true. This was the only book that I could find on the internet about George Washington's that was appropriate for a preschool class. I would love to see some accurate history picture books written for the preschool/kindergarten age level!
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Perfect for budding historians! What a great way to incorporate the best known stories about George Washington against the backdrop of his 7th birthday.
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