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written by Frank Murphy
illustration by Richard Walz
Some books about Washington present the facts of his life in such a serious tone that kids can't relate to the man or get a glimpse of his humanity and character. Not this book! This cute, easy reader presents Washington in a way that kids will relate to and admire -- as a kind man who loves and cares for animals and treats others (even enemies) with respect.
This book is based on the little known fact that Washington was a great animal lover, and even had 36 dogs of his own! (Who knew?) Kids will be amazed and impressed with the story of Washington risking his own life to save a dog on the battlefield. In the annals of history, this action might be just a footnote about our first president, but to children, this act conveys so much about his character and greatness...in a way that they can relate to and understand.
Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Grade Level Equivalent: 1.9
Guided Reading Level: J
D.R.A. Level: 16
Lexile Measure: 380L
Below are sample spreads from inside this book. These pages should give you an idea of the illustration style and the amount/complexity of the text. This book is very in keeping with the Step into Reading series, so if you are a fan of this series already, you will definitely like this selection.
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