George Washington’s World sets American history into a worldwide context through short, beautifully written stories that explain what was going on during the main portions of Washington’s life. Its chapters cover the major periods of his life, such as when he was a boy, a soldier, a farmer, a commander, a common citizen, and the President. For example, when George was a young farmer, Benjamin Franklin was the most well-known American; Louis XV was on the throne of France; George II was King of England; and James Cook was sent by the Royal Society of London to Tahiti so a team of astronomers might observe a total eclipse of the sun and thereby accurately measure the distance between the earth and the sun.
Learn about scientists, doctors, inventors, authors, poets, painters, musicians, kings, queens, and leaders as you read about voyages, expeditions, discoveries and other important historical events in this 1940 Newbery Honor Book. Prolifically illustrated with intriguing black and white line drawings and detailed timelines, the writing style of this book provides an engaging and narrative glimpse into events and ideas taking place from 1732 to 1799. This book is scheduled for the student to read independently.