The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon

By: Carla Killough McClafferty

We see his image in famous portraits and on the one-dollar bill, but are any of them an accurate depiction of George Washington? Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading and Web sites. Index. Full-color reproductions of paintings, statues, and artifacts. Full-color photographs.

ISBN: 9780761356080

JLG Release: May 2011


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Topics: Washington, George, 1732-1799 , Presidents

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Awards & Honors

SLJ Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2012, Nonfiction; BCCB 2011 Blue Ribbon, Nonfiction; 2012 CCBC Choices; 2011 Cybils Awards, Nonfiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult, Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

[STAR]

The image of Washington that most people know is the version of the Gilbert Stuart portrait on the one dollar bill. That stiff-looking visage is disapproving and more than a bit dyspeptic. But is that rendition accurate? Not according to the team of forensic anthropologists and artists hired by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Associ [STAR]

The image of Washington that most people know is the version of the Gilbert Stuart portrait on the one dollar bill. That stiff-looking visage is disapproving and more than a bit dyspeptic. But is that rendition accurate? Not according to the team of forensic anthropologists and artists hired by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association to create life-sized re-creations of Washington as he looked at pivotal moments in his life: as a 19-year-old surveyor, a 45-year-old general of the Continental Army, and taking the oath of office at 57 as President of the United States. This interestingly and intelligently written book alternates chapters detailing the reconstruction process with Washington’s biography, making the changes in his appearance understandable as a function of his life experience and, of course, the history of the American Revolution and establishment of our democracy is limned simultaneously. The full-color images are excellent throughout and are astounding when showing the wax reconstructions. The reading level aims this at middle and high school readers, but the format looks younger. Thus, some promoting may be necessary. It’s worth it, however, for its excellent revitalization of a man often reduced to a lifeless icon. There’s an exemplary (and extensive) print bibliography, listing books, primary-source documents, articles, theses, DVDs, and interviews. Further reading suggestions and a list of websites, as well as a comprehensive and accurate index are appended. A stellar addition to most libraries.—Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA

Junior Library Guild

  • The two narratives—one recounting events in George Washington’s life, the other describing the modern-day creation of accurate models for display at Mount Vernon—reinforce each other and keep readers engaged.
  • Presents a compelling view of interdisciplinary research that incorporates history, science, and art. <
    • The two narratives—one recounting events in George Washington’s life, the other describing the modern-day creation of accurate models for display at Mount Vernon—reinforce each other and keep readers engaged.
    • Presents a compelling view of interdisciplinary research that incorporates history, science, and art.
    • The biographical chapters are especially engaging, describing Washington’s role in events at three points in his life: as a twenty-one-year-old British officer fighting against the French, as the forty-three-year-old commander in chief of the Continental Army, and, at age fifty-seven, as he is sworn in as the first president of the United States.
    • Copious photographs and illustrations allow readers to follow the step-by-step creation of the life-size replicas of Washington, and to get a sense of the Washington who “made heads turn.”

Book Details

ISBN

9780761356080

First Release

May 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

973.4/1092 B

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 9 3/4"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.2; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Carolrhoda

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Washington, George, 1732-1799, Presidents,

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