Thursday, June 6, 2013

Read-Aloud Thursday: George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster

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George Washington's World - Exodus Books

Book Description:
The period measured by the life of George Washington 1732 to 1799 was one of revolution and change in many parts of the world as Enlightenment thinking took hold in the minds of men. When George was a young man, Benjamin Franklin was the most well-known American, Louis XV was on the throne of France, and George II was king of England. Father Junipero Serra had just arrived in Mexico to work with the Panes Indians. Mozart and Bach were writing their immortal music and Voltaire warred with his pen against Ignorance, Injustice and Superstition. The young nobleman Lafayette watched the feisty American colonies with fascinated interest as they stood up to Mother England when she sought to tax them unfairly. James Cook was sent by the Royal Society of London to Tahiti where their team of astronomers might observe a total eclipse of the sun and thereby accurately measure the distance between the earth and the sun. These are just a few of the wonderful narratives explored by Foster in her Newbery Honor Book of 1940. Prolifically illustrated with intriguing line drawings and detailed timelines, Foster's telling of the life story of George Washington does justice to the man it celebrates.
My thoughts:
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster has been our spine book for World History. I can't begin to say how much everyone enjoyed this book. Genevieve Foster is an excellent writer and you can't helped be drawn into what was happening in the world during George Washington's lifetime. The history presented is exciting and honestly, it was a book that at times was hard to put down. It is definitely a living book.

I highly recommend George Washington's World as a history spine, but it can also stand alone as a great read. See what others are reading aloud over at Hope is the Word.


  1. Ths sounds wonderful, Beth! I've seen it around but didn't know much about it.

    Have you found a good American history spine?

    1. Not really. We are using This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. This is my second time through TCOO and so far I've enjoyed it, so I can't remember why I disliked it so much the last time or it may be that I haven't got the the part that I disliked.

      I have looked high and low for another American History spine, but the quality of writing doesn't compare to hers, so I keep using it.



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