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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Reprint edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648756
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When we worked on THE GENERAL we wanted to produce a fun and lively story for children, but one to encourage a sympathetic outlook on the world." — Janet Charters — Quote

"My first book, THE GENERAL was about a general who made his country the most beautiful in the world instead of the most powerful. Fifty years on, it seems even more relevant as the threat to the environment, hinted at in THE GENERAL, (not to mention the threat of war) is now plain to see — even by politicians." — Michael Foreman — Quote

About the Author

Janet Charters studied painting in Poole, Dorset, and London, England. THE GENERAL was her first picture book. She now lives in London.

Michael Foreman created THE GENERAL to impress potential freelance employers while he was still at art college. It became his first published book. One of the foremost illustrators of his generation, Michael Foreman lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although written and illustrated 50 years ago THE GENERAL is as pertinent to our world today as it was when first published at the height of the Cold War.

With brilliant illustrations done in watercolor and gouache by Michael Foreman it is the story of General Jodphur who toppled off his horse and once on the ground discovered things he had never noticed before. He was unhurt and found "The grass was so soft and smelled so sweet that, to his surprise, ...he did not want to move."

But he finally began walking back to his camp and along the way he saw things that he had missed because he was always going so fast - he saw squirrels, rabbits, and heard birds singing. That night he dreamed about all the wonderful things he had seen and also saw thousands of soldiers marching, terrifying the birds and animals and trampling the flowers.

When he awoke he determined that he would never harm or frighten anything again, but would try to help the animals and see to all things that grow. To that end he told the soldiers to go home, back to their jobs and make their country beautiful.

An unbelievable story? As the cover notes it is "A celebration of peace and beauty." THE GENERAL is a timely, hopeful book for all.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
General Jodhpur desperately wanted to become the most famous general in the world and have his success be admired by all the other generals. To achieve his goal, he demanded his soldiers work hard every day. He was very regimented and insisted upon strict marching practices, diligent gun maintenance and smartly pressed uniforms. Everything was going according to his plan, until ....

General Jodhpur was out riding in the country one morning, when he was suddenly thrown from his mount. Luckily for him, he landed uninjured upon on an expanse of soft grass. Instead of rising immediately, the general began to appreciate his surroundings. He was startled to realize how beautiful the forest was, and the abundance of wildlife that roamed the land. As he walked on, he discovered field mice and squirrels, many types of birds and bees lazily buzzing through fields of wonderful flowers. The general was spellbound by what he had previously failed to notice.

General Jodhpur's woodland experience truly opened his eyes; he realized he no longer wanted to reign over an army that wrought destruction. The next morning, he announced to his men that the army would disband and they would no longer harm or frighten any creatures again. The new goal would be to make his country the most beautiful in the world! All his people worked hard to turn the army camp into a thriving city. The farmers grew vegetables and fruit in their fields and the fisherman returned to their boats. General Jodhpur's people were very happy and his land was lush.

The strange happenings in General Jodhpur's country spread around the world. Two important generals contacted him, asking if they could see for themselves these incredible changes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Poukkula on November 7, 2011
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This is an excellent book to read to children. I especially like the pictures. My first graders totally understood the message of this story without prompting or questioning. Great book with a great message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By addy on February 24, 2011
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This book was written in the 60's and I find that I really enjoy children's books from this time more than most contemporary stories. Perhaps I'm biased because I was born in the late 60's but it seems that many of the children's books from this era focus on humanity and one's contribution towards a better society as opposed to individual accomplishments. I think more focus should be on the "we" instead of "me" and what we can accomplish together. People often laugh at that concept and label it a hippie/peace-and-love thing but I think more books should tell that story. I highly recommend this book.
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