Authors: Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Illustrator: Guy Francis
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3390-8

In Washington's War (Blast to the Past) , a children’s book written by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon, Abigail writes, “I suddenly knew why we had to come to 1778. It was our job to keep history on track and that meant that George Washington could not quit and leave Valley Forge. All of American history would change if he left.”

With one hundred and twenty-one pages, this paperback book is targeted toward ages seven to ten years old, has no profanity and no questionable or scary scenes. Illustrator Guy Francis depicts George Washington on his horse with four children surrounding him on the front cover. The back cover has two paragraphs about the book along with a drawing of the famous American and mentions the six prior books in the series. Inside there are ten black and white drawings along with a photograph of a painting of our first president by William B.T. Trego in 1883. Also included at the end of the book is an explanation by the authors of fact verses fiction about Washington along with a food recipe for firecakes.

The main object of this series is to ask young children what if a person in the past did not create, state, make or invent something that changed our lives today but quit instead. This book hones in on George and Martha Washington, mainly when they were at Valley Forge.

Abigail was listening to Zack’s jokes and missed Mr. Caruthers’s question in Social Studies so it took her practically most of the school day to realize her three friends and she were going to use their teacher’s time-travel computer to go back to Valley Forge and convince George Washington not to quit the Revolutionary War. At forty-five years of age, Washington was tired of having no uniforms, little food, runaway soldiers, losing battles and freezing cold so it was easy for the sneaky Babs Magee, assistant to Mr. Caruthers, to also travel back in time to convince George to quit so she could be famous instead. The four children try to explain to both George and his wife Martha how important he was in commanding the Continental Army against Britain, but he is not convinced until they time-travel him to the four current military branches: the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. It is only when Washington realizes how our armed forces are now assembled and their power, does he decide to stay and keep American history on its proper course.

In this book, the reader not only learns how Washington writes letters to his friend, New York Governor George Clinton, asking for more food and supplies, had eight thousand acres at Mount Vernon, said only one hundred and thirty five words in his second inaugural speech and had horses named Nelson and Blueskin but that there are over one and a half million military personnel currently. Children will understand chamber pots, soldiers surviving on firecakes, and that our military had only fifty ships at the end of the Revolutionary War.

With Deutsch and Cohon producing another educational story that blends fun fiction with facts, a young person will learn without realizing about our country’s beginning history because of President George Washington and a few corny jokes in the process.

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