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 Farmer George Plants a Nation
George Washington as he’s rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington’s writings are featured throughout this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work.
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“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