This innovative gift book allows kids to peek into the mind of George Washington and the more than 100 lessons by which he lived his life. Modern translations and hilarious caricature illustrations provide a lighthearted and fun way to learn about history and good manners at the same time. Featuring the Rules of Civility that George Washington learned when he was a child, this book focuses on 50 of George's maxims, ranging from table manners to polite conversation to being a good citizen. Because the Rules of Civility are centuries old, this book also includes "translations" of the rules into contemporary and witty, kid-friendly explanations that any young reader can relate to. Paired with laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book is a sure-fire guide to excellent etiquette.
Award-winning author Karen Kostyal has written nearly 20 adult and children's titles on human history and natural history, prehistory and geologic history, music, world cultures, and wars. Her most recent works include Christmas in Williamsburg and 1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg, both children's books published jointly by National Geographic and Colonial Williamsburg. She has also written Great Migrations, the companion book to the National Geographic Channel's acclaimed series on animal migration; Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era, the official Lincoln birth bicentennial book of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan, co-authored for a National Geographic young adult memoir series; and photographer Flip Nicklin's memoir, Among Giants: A Life With Whales. She has also collaborated with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart on Songcatchers: In Search of the World's Music and written Stonewall Jackson: A Life Portrait and Art of the State of Virginia.
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