Title: George vs. George
Author: Rosalyn Schanzer
Major Themes: George Washington, King George III, American Revolution
Synopsis: The leaders on both sides of the American Revolution shared a name—in what other ways were they alike and different?
I am enjoying the American History course from Sonlight Curriculum that I’m going through with my 6-year-old daughter! We get to read the most beautiful books. They have chosen a number of colorful picture books about American history, that not only have delightful pictures, but interesting text, as well. This week, we finished George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides.
The top leaders on both sides of the American Revolution were named George! What were these men like? The two men had a lot of things in common besides their names and the fact that they were highly respected in their country (and King George’s country included the American colonies until 1776). After a quick overview of the two men’s similarities, a couple of pages are dedicated to each man (and his countrymen). Then, there is a brief description of government in each place, and the tale of the events leading up to a war. The American Revolution is described at some length, and then a couple of pages telling about what happened to each George after the war.
George vs. George is quite an informative book about the Revolution. I’m not sure it’s exactly suited to Kindergarten, though, which is the level at which Sonlight assigns it! The pictures are beautiful and detailed, but the text was over my daughter’s head. Some children will understand and enjoy it, but she doesn’t do very well yet with this type of history. I liked the way both sides were presented, and although it was obviously slanted somewhat toward the American perspective, the English side was given, too. It is more balanced than many books we’ve read.
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12