George Washington’s Birthday/ Perfect Picture Book Friday/ #PPBF

George Washington’s Birthday/ Perfect Picture Book Friday/ #PPBF

Hello Friends!!

Welcome to a new year! Did you do resolutions and a word? Or just a word? I ‘ll chose my word now. I guess my word could be work or industry because of what I have to do to revise my memoir. Doing PPBF is just a break from the real work of revising. In fact my new goal is doing one chapter week. Which means cutting out the bloat or breaking up the chapter in more parts because right now I have too many documents for each chapter. In a way it is good to have. Better more than less.  

During my break I wrote “The End” to my first rough draft of my memoir. Instead of feeling very glad and excited, I realized how much more work I had to do!! But of course it is a milestone. I also read a lot. See my Goodreads link , https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4151463 , And for good luck, I did not include those I read since 2014 because I haven’t caught myself up yet to include those.

But let’s go to the fun part shall we? I’m early for this week’s theme but it snowed yesterday so I am right in the mood for this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

George Washington's Birthday book cover_Title: George Washington’s Birthday, A mostly True Tale

Author/ Illustrator: Margaret McNamara/ Barry Blitt

Publishing info: 2012 by Schwartz and Wade books /Random House, Inc

Age appropriate: from preschool to seven but I as old as I am even enjoyed it

First Three Sentences: “When George Washington went to sleep Friday night, he was six years old. When he woke up on Saturday, he was seven. It’s my birthday he thought. Happy birthday to me.”

Themes: Historical fiction, president, George Washington, experiences most kids have in birthdays.

Summary: On George Washington’s seventh birthday, he does chores, misbehaves, and dreams of a day when his birthday will be celebrated by all.

Resources: There are so many resources to this famous birthday that I didn’t know where to start or what to feature. For one thing one might want to ask the child how they are going to spend the holiday this year. http://publicholidays.us/washingtons-birthday-presidents-day/ And there are all kinds of ways to celebrate it. : http://www.washingtonbirthday.net/events

Then one can go to wikipedia and look up all the facts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%27s_Birthday

And of course there is NPR’s rendition of George’s birthday which is always fun to hear. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/146997031/george-washingtons-birthday-a-mostly-true-tale.

And because I couldn’t find the book trailer I am putting the link of Live science of when George’s real birthday is . http://www.livescience.com/33022-when-is-george-washingtons-real-birthday.html

Why I love it: From the title one can see that it is a mainly true tale with some myths. Actually there are a lot of myths in this mostly fiction tale. What makes it almost true is the fact sheet that completes the back matter of this adorable almost historical picture book. I am vying for a place in the historical theme of picture books because of this.

For my writer friends!

Manners for your critique group http://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/when-its-not-okay-to-share.html#comment-form

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Why do kid’s books matter? Here Look! http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/why-do-kids-books-matter-here-look/277488/

As my friend Stacy Jensen says:

http://www.stacysjensen.com/

To find more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog

So friends? Till Tuesday when I start my new schedule. Next week I will do a catch you up on Memoir and then following I will celebrate another author slowing down finally to a memoir post once a month with a Perfect Picture Book Friday review to go with Susanna’s blog hop. I can’t stop reading picture books they just are so fun!!

XOXO

And since this is a new year, My own picture books.

My Picture Books in logo by Margot Finke

My Picture Books wih a logo Margot Finke gave me.

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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22 Responses to George Washington’s Birthday/ Perfect Picture Book Friday/ #PPBF

  1. I love all the books out on famous figures in history — each with a different perspective. This book sounds like fun. Great share in advance of President’s Day.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia! it was so cute I couldn’t wait. I Love the cover and it drew me in. Since my first book Annie’s Special Day is about a birthday, I just love birthday books! 🙂

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  2. I have read this one. It’s terrific. Thanks for the critique group link. I’ll probably post that one on my blog as well. Thanks for the post.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Rosi! I think its’ terrific that you may share one of my links on your blog. I always love those links you share and think you are the first person to start that.

      And thanks again for your kind words. 🙂

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  3. Oh this is a lovely, lovely book! It is such a fun way to talk to children about George Washington and remind them that while he may be a hero of mythical proportions now — he was once a little boy! Thank you for all of the resources!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi PIcture Book Review! Your comment is surely welcome and thanks so much for your thoughts.

      I agree with the famous myth makers of the day making it more than it is and talking to kids where they live. So true. 🙂

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  4. So glad to see you back after your break, Clar! I hope your holidays were wonderful! This book looks like tons of fun – I love the mention of him getting into mischief 🙂 Thanks so much for adding it to our list!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Susanna! So good to see you here! I had a wondeful break and got a lot done. Writing and reading.

      Yes, this book is a gem with the style right where kids live now a days. 🙂

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  5. Sounds like you had a grand break!!!! Writing The End is a really big deal! Even if it’s not really the end. Congratulations! This book looks great! I love that cover with the great man standing on his tiptoes! And some fun links! Thanks Ms BJ!!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks for your encouragement and good words about my memoir. Now I have a place to work from and my path is set. And we both know it is not really The End!! love how you say that.

      I Like the cover of this book as well. All the illustrations are of a little man in short child’s venue. Makes for more humor. 🙂

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  6. LOVE that PB and love the writer links. Just like you to ALWAYS help your fellow writers. I hope to get George Washington’s Birthday, A mostly True Tale. It sounds wonderful. SO happy to hear you finished that draft, Clar. GO YOU!!!! xoxoxoxo

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Robyn, YOU ALWAYS make me smile. And brighten my day. thanks for the wonderful encouragement and nice words about my links.

      You will love this book and I hope your library has it. 🙂
      XOXO

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  7. Joanne Sher says:

    This looks great – so glad you took a break from your writing to share. Praying it all goes smoothly for you!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much Joanne! Appreciate the good words. I can never stop reading picture books. They are my break from memoir. I Love writing them as well. 🙂

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  8. Congratulations on the THE End! And, a great book choice. Be kind to yourself as you revise. Any revision can take a lot out of a gal … but memoir can take even more. Good luck.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much, Stacy!! I need a fedora to be ruthless in my revison. Tough. You’re right it takes a lot of a gal. I dread each days work.

      Reading and PPBF make my day easier. 🙂

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  9. I haven’t seen this before and will look for it, it sounds wonderful! I love books that show us famous historical figures as children.

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  10. I love that beginning – going to sleep one night at the age of 6; waking up a whole year older. How does that happen, anyway? And of course, the “happy birthday to me”… how fun. Really makes one think about how these famous people were kids before they were famous.

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  11. jannatwrites says:

    Good to see you back after the new year. Best to you on your writing and revising – it definitely is work, but so rewarding 🙂

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