There are two sides to every story. Rosalyn Schanzer's engaging and wonderfully illustrated book brings to life both sides of the American Revolution.
The narrative introduces anew the two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man who freed the American colonies from the British, and George III, the British king who lost them. Two leaders on different sides of the Atlantic, yet with more in common than we sometimes acknowledge. We are lead through their story, and the story of their times, and see both sides of the arguments that divided the colonies from the Kingdom. Was King George a "Royal Brute" as American patriots claimed? Or was he, as others believed, "the father of the people?" Was George Washington a scurrilous traitor, as all the king's supporters claimed? Or should we remember and celebrate him as "the father of his country?" Who was right? History teaches us that there are two sides to every story.
Rosalyn Schanzer's book is an accessible account of one the most vital periods in American history. It is also a timeless lesson in seeing history from different points of view. The author spent two years researching books, paintings, cartoons, and descriptions of Revolutionary times. She uses art, text, and first-hand accounts to illustrate how history should never be reduced to simplistic conflicts between the "good guys" and the "bad guys." Her illustrations, and her engaging quote bubbles, bring the Revolution to life again, and allow the characters of the period to speak for themselves. Through its lively text, detailed illustrations, and fully authenticated quotes, George vs. George shines fresh light on both sides of the story of our country's formative years.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.18(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Rosalyn Schanzer is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous books for young readers. An avid photographer, swimmer and adventurer, Schanzer lives in Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great American History book for young readers! Indeed, all ages might find this book useful. It presents the American Revolution from the point of view of most Americans through George Washington, and from the point of view of most British through King George III. The format of the book is especially well-done because it presents both views side-by-side rather than first one and then the other. The illustrations are well-done and add to the understanding of the events surrounding the American Revolution. One is left with a sense of knowing the major players during this time period in American History.The book is touted as Grade 3-6, though the reading level is a bit higher (AR 7.0). It would be best for mature 4th and 5th grade readers in my opinion if reading on their own, but good for much younger if guided by their history teacher.
Great Book! It discusses the Revolutionary War from both sides and is easy to understand. George Washington and King George III are both discussed in detail but also other major characters as well. There are also many beautiful illustrations that help explain the significance of the events leading to the beginning and end of the war. This is definitely a book for ALL ages and there is something new to learn for all ages as well. My favorite part is the end when it explains what happened to both Georges after the war.
Unless you are already a serious historian, I promise you will learn something from this book. It... it may not always be what you WANT to learn (for example, that the Revolutionaries committed atrocities against the Iroquois), but you're bound to learn SOMEthing new.This is a diligently researched book. Do not let the fact that it is a "picture book" fool you - this book is written at about a seventh grade reading level, and it shows. Many pages of dense text, and a lot more informative than most textbooks I had through high school! The author worked hard to avoid painting the British and the Loyalists as monsters - and they weren't! They had reasons for their actions just the same as the revolutionaries did. Likewise, she doesn't present the patriots as unalloyed saints - and they weren't, any more than you and I are! They did good things for good reasons, good things for selfish reasons, and bad things for the same reason anybody does bad things. And yes, horrific acts were committed by both sides in this war, against enemies and innocents alike.The illustrations and quotations enliven and complement the text, but they do not take over the book. I really advise this book for ANYbody wanting to learn more about the Revolution.
This was a fabulous text to use with my Yr 9 History class in our study of the American War of Independence. There are plenty (a gazillion!) books that give the American side, fewer that give the English side, and even fewer that explain both sides of the conflict so succinctly. This slim book with its creative use of illustrations and easy to follow language best summarized the conflict "as seen by both sides" than any other text I used and gave the girls a "jumping off point" to delve deeper. A gem of a book!