Reviews for George Vs. George : The Revolutionary War As Seen by Both Sides
Booklist Reviews 2004 November #2
Gr. 5-7. With its attractive jacket, its sustained effort to report both British and American points of view, and its fully illustrated overview of events, this colorful book has many qualities that make it a good introduction to the American Revolution. Schanzer lays the groundwork well, profiling England's King George III, America's George Washington, and their respective governments before chronicling the course of the Revolutionary War. Occasionally cartoonlike in their dramatizations and speech balloons, the lively illustrations take up more space than the words, but the text is clearly written. However, near the end the question is asked, "So what was happening to American civilians all this time?" The answer seems to be mayhem: people were tarred and feathered, women raped. Indians "tortured . . . whole families, and scalped the dead" and "honored their bravest victims by eating them." The American troops "showed off pairs of legging made from the skin of dead Indians." Given the book's highly illustrated format, this is too sensationalized for the age group, a jarring note in an otherwise solid offering. ((Reviewed November 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring
Although the father of our country receives more text time than his British counterpart King George III, the contrasts and comparisons between the two create a full picture of the causes, events, and immediate aftermath of the American Revolution. Maps, charts, and detailed scenes depicting the action further enhance the clear text. Bib., ind. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2005 #1
Using the natural voice of a storyteller, Cheney tells young readers a few reasons why George Washington is known for being "first in war" and "first in the hearts of his countrymen." A spare text, printed alternately on the right- and left-hand quarter of each double-page spread, covers the despair of the soldiers at Valley Forge, Washington's bold strategy to attack the British at Trenton and Princeton, and the sacrifice and bravery he exacted from his troops. Fiore's dramatic paintings cover three quarters of each spread and create a visual narrative that parallels Cheney's text. Patriotic quotes, such as Washington's "We know not how to spare you" when exhorting his troops to stay the course, accompany each illustration and are fully documented in explanatory source notes. In George vs. George, the father of our country receives dual billing with King George III as Schanzer compares the English monarch with the rebel leader. Although the latter receives more text than the former, this unusual organizational pattern creates a full picture of the causes, events, and immediate aftermath of the American Revolution. The clear text is further enhanced by maps, charts, scenes depicting the action, and a hefty dose of humor. Schanzer further employs an effective way of personalizing the narrative by providing conversational balloons for those individuals shown in the illustrations. These quotes receive complete source notes and are easy to identify for readers who wish to explore a topic further. A bibliography and index complete this fine book. [Review covers these titles: When Washington Crossed the Delaware and George vs. George.] Copyright 2005 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 October #1
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. Developing the theme that "there are two sides to every story," she begins by comparing the two Georges, finding numerous similarities in both their public and private lives. She goes on to compare British and Colonial styles of government (more similarities), then chronicles the escalation of resistance over new taxes into full-scale war, compares the rival armies' dress and general behavior, and finishes with parallel accounts of the Georges' later lives. Loosely basing her illustrations on period images, Schanzer paints small labeled portraits on rough canvas, which gives them the look of needlepoint, and adds actual, cited quotes in dialogue balloons. This carefully researched reminder that the Revolution was an "us vs. us" conflict, not an "us vs. them" conflict should be required reading for all young students of American history. (index, multimedia source list) (Nonfiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 February
The concept behind this book makes it highly recommended reading for teachers and students of history. It stresses that history is not merely a collection of facts, but interpretations of those facts. In considering those interpretations, the author notes, "There are two sides to every story." George III was the king of England and George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army; there were taxes that the British government placed on the American colonists. But, the author clearly points out, there is prejudice involved in viewing those facts. How one views its history often depends on one's sympathies. This book compares the two Georges; pre-war conditions such as lifestyles and governments of the opponents; taxes (paying a "fair share" vs. "no taxation without representation"); and the war itself. Readers are continually confronted with questions such as "Did each side have a point?" The book is liberally laced with the author's color illustrations that accurately reflect the time period. Speech balloons offer dozens of relevant quotations from contemporaries. This is not a comprehensive study of the Revolution, although detail is provided in a handful of areas for emphasis. This text provides a valuable and interesting lesson for teachers and students. Its usefulness is not restricted to American history studies. Bibliography. Index. Highly Recommended. Ron Marinucci, Adjunct Instructor of History, Oakland Community College, Commerce Twp, Michigan © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September
Gr 4-8-To George Washington, King George III was a tyrant. To King George III, George Washington was a traitor. Gleaning from hundreds of sources to flesh out text and illustrations, Schanzer presents a vivid example of how there are two sides to every story--a fact that is easy to overlook in politics. Well told and gorgeously illustrated. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 3-6-A carefully researched, evenhanded narrative with well-crafted, vibrant, watercolor illustrations. Schanzer states that her challenge was to "-cram 20 years of history, biography, and philosophy into a picture book that kids could grasp and enjoy." She has been entirely successful. The introduction sets the tone, introducing both George Washington and King George III, mentioning their differing views, and noting that every story has two sides. The remainder of the book presents these two sides on spreads that alternate between the man and the monarch, with comparisons of the American and British governmental forms, views on taxation, the Boston Tea Party, and coverage of most of the major battles of the Revolutionary War. True to the author's intent, both Georges come off as decent men, with the interests of their respective countries at heart. The illustrations are amazing. Almost Brueghelesque in their detail, they show the major players as they actually looked. Speech balloons reproduce the exact words of the speakers, with appended "Quote Sources." This is a lovely book, showing historical inquiry at its best: consideration of both sides, a sound research basis, attribution of sources, and interesting writing. Written at a higher level than Jean Fritz's Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? (Putnam, 1977), this book provides the perfect meld of instructional tool and general-interest reading.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.