Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrations by Tomie dePaola
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; Paperback
Ages: 8 - 12
Period: Revolutionary War; Non-fiction
"Before King George the Third was either king or the third, he was just plain George, a bashful boy who blushed easily." As is her custom, in this humorous book Jean Fritz acquaints the reader with the facts and foibles about the man who would be king...over the American colonies. King George the Third is rarely portrayed as anything but a tyrant, which he was; Fritz shows the reader the king's point of view, which doesn't actually make him less of a tyrant, but which gives a more balanced view of history.
Jean Fritz wrote many fascinating and well-researched books for children on history. Here are some of her most popular books on American history, that you will want to be sure and read:
American history picture books (for ages 9-12):
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; George Washington's Breakfast; Shh, We're Writing the Constitution; What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?; and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock.
Unforgettable Americans (for Young Adults):
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt; Great Little Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers, Make Way for Sam Houston, and Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
Other Titles: The Cabin Faced West, The Double Life of Pocahontas, Early Thunder, George Washington's Mother (beginning reader), and Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln (beginning reader).