We loved this very silly fictional story about George Washington There isn t much point to it, but the illustrations are cute and the rhyme is very funny. Love this fun way to learn about something from the past I read this book with a class today, and it s a funny, quirky tale about the farm of our first president accompanied by outlandish and hilarious illustrations George s cows must wear lavender dresses and will only give milk if they are pleaded with His pigs clean the house and serve the guests, and his sheep are scholars who measure the ocean with a stick No wonder poor George decided to try his hand at politics I highly recommend this book as a classroom read aloud or a book for parents and children to read together or as a book for beginning readers It s also perfect for President s Day. I really didn t enjoy this It started out fine, but when I turned the page and saw all the personification, I became frustrated As another reviewer said, using a historical figure is pointless Kids who aren t taught better could believe this is a true story. Hilarious illustrations Silly story Lovely vocabulary Great for car ReadAlongs. I really enjoyed reading this with my girls The artwork is great Summary This book is about all the animals on George Washington s farm Each group of animals does different humanly tasks At the end of the book George Washington decides that his animals are all crazy and he should sell the farm and go into politics Evaluation I found the book to be cute but there were some fairly large words in the text I wouldn t suggest reading this to young children because you would be stopping to explain words on each page For older elementary grade students you would use this book as an introduction to studying George Washington and his life before politics This would also be a great book to discuss personification Grade Level K 2Publication Year 1997Elementary Discussion points Language personificationHistory Living on a farm in the 1800 sLife Skills Being selfish and requiring special things vs being helpful and plea sent George Washington S Cows Were Kept Upstairs, And Given Their Own Special Room They Never Were Seen By Light Of Day No Matter For What Or By Whom These Cows Are Just The Beginning Of George S Problems To Be Sure, His Hogs Are Helpful Around The House, But It Irks Martha When Their Parties Are Better Than Hers And Then There Are The Sheep All Of Them Smarter Than Tom Jefferson, With Degrees No To Say Sheepskins To Prove It What S A Father Of His Country To Do David Smalll Puts A Hilariously Sticky Fingerprint On The Well Polished Veneer Of American History, Showing Readers What Really Went On In The Home Of Our First President The first page is clearly an illustration of a cow walking through a front door What could possibly lie ahead for this story The cow proceeds up the stairway George Washington s cows were kept upstairs and given their own special room Lavender gowns, cushions of silk, hogs, sheep, smart vocabulary and hilarity ensue, as well as a fun rhythm and rhyming scheme I came across this book on the same day my cousin delivered an outstanding program on Martha Washington at the Martha Washington Public Library. I suspected this would be silly I was right What would one expect from the author of Imogene s Antlers It took me a few pages to catch the rhyming scheme, but it is a good one The illustrations are fun especially to see familiar Mount Vernon areas I was a bit disturbed by the cows eating cream, but that only lasted a moment Fun, silly book I think it would read well for a school age storytime Preschoolers might catch some of the humor of the animals antics if not the George Washington or colonial setting parts.
Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.David Small is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, a Christopher Medal, and the E B White Award for his picture books, which include Imogene s Antlers, The Gardener, and So, You Want to Be President He lives in Mendon, Michigan.
- 40 pages
- George Washington's Cows
- David Small
- 08 January 2019 David Small