Farmer George Plants a Nation (Paperback)

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By Peggy Thomas, Layne Johnson (Illustrator)
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This picture book for older readers focuses on George Washington as farmer, inventor, and scientist. Infused with excerpts from George's letters and diaries, the narrative makes a convincing case for Washington's place as the nation's First Farmer. He invented a combination plow-tiller-harrow, tested different fertilizers, and bred donkeys and horses to create strong mules. His goal to make Mount Vernon self-sufficient carried over to his goal to make the new country independent. Layne Johnson's richly colored oil paintings portray the Colonial era with fine details. The book includes a timeline of Washington's life; shares his views on slavery, and includes a bibliography of additional reading materials and websites.

About the Author

Peggy Thomas is the author of more than a dozen books for children and young adults including the award-winning picture book For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson. Thomas is also an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature and a frequent speaker at schools and conferences. She lives in Middleport, New York.

Layne Johnson has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the Western Heritage Award--winning Off Like the Wind!: The First Ride of the Pony Express by Michael P. Spradlin. Mr. Johnson speaks frequently in schools and libraries. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife.

Praise For…

"Sprinkling excerpts from his letters and diaries throughout to allow its subject to speak in his own voice, the narrative makes a convincing case for Washington's place as the nation's First Farmer. . . . Backmatter includes a timeline, author's notes on both Mount Vernon and Washington the slaveholder, resources for further exploration and a bibliography." --Kirkus Reviews

* "Students will find this title useful for reports, but will also find it a great nonfiction read." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Exquisite artwork. . . . Should be included in library collections because of its unusual treatment of George's lifetime achievements." --Library Media Connection, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620910290
ISBN-10: 1620910292
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013
Pages: 40
Language: English