George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer
The Revolutionary War as Seen by Both Sides

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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.

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About Rosalyn Schanzer

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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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published October 1, 2004 by National Geographic Children's Books. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction

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In an uncommonly balanced view of the American Revolution for younger readers, Schanzer places King George III in a better light than young readers—American ones, anyway—generally get to see him, while noting that neither side was innocent of rash actions or atrocities.

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Unfortunately, the main focus is of injustice, making the book somewhat unsuitable for the younger crowd, however I can still recommend it to their parents as a tool to teach their children what is right for all.Overall, a beautiful book worthy of awards.

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AllenPublisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 1, 2004)ISBN: 0792251261Originally appeared at The Edge of the Forest.The American Revolution is brought to life in two books that use a similar device.

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