Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

Author Jean Fritz
Illustrated by Margot Tomes, Tomie dePaola
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$7.99 US
7.06"W x 9"H x 0.18"D  
On sale Sep 09, 1996 | 48 Pages | 978-0-698-11402-9
| Grades 2-4
Reading Level: Lexile 800L | Fountas & Pinnell S
"Great fun and fascinating history." —School Library Journal, (starred review)

This entertaining volume, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz, sheds light on the life of England's King George III.


It begins when he was a bashful boy who blushed easily, goes on to his early days as king, and finally examines his role in the American Revolution - when Americans ceased to think of him as good King George. Fascinating history made accessible for young readers.

"The lively text includes plenty of amusing, personality-revealing anecdotes . . ." Children's Literature

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the  National Endowment for the Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017. 

View titles by Jean Fritz
Margot Tomes was an American artist and children’s book illustrator, whose work has appeared in Newbery Honor books as well as New York Times Children’s Books of the Year. Her books illustrated for Penguin Random House include Phoebe the Sky; Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm; and What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? View titles by Margot Tomes

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

View titles by Tomie dePaola
Praise for Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

★''England's King George ill made buttons, ate sauerkraut, and collected clocks but none of the above could blot the upstart American Revolution from his mind. Great fun and fascinating history." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Fritz gives both a cozy, slightly comic view of the monarch, a tone picked up by the artist, and a view of the American Revolution that may help children understand that there is more than one approach to historical events." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book is as entertainingly written as her earlier biographical works about Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin; if based on background less familiar to young American readers, it may be, for that reason, even more welcome." —Horn Book

"Another of Jean Fritz's witty, warts-and-all portraits of Revolutionary War leaders." —New York Times Book Review

"A snappy biography of King George ill, vividly portraying his personality quirks and unusual taste as well as political philosophy." —Chicago Daily News

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

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"Great fun and fascinating history." —School Library Journal, (starred review)

This entertaining volume, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz, sheds light on the life of England's King George III.


It begins when he was a bashful boy who blushed easily, goes on to his early days as king, and finally examines his role in the American Revolution - when Americans ceased to think of him as good King George. Fascinating history made accessible for young readers.

"The lively text includes plenty of amusing, personality-revealing anecdotes . . ." Children's Literature

Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the  National Endowment for the Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017. 

View titles by Jean Fritz
Margot Tomes was an American artist and children’s book illustrator, whose work has appeared in Newbery Honor books as well as New York Times Children’s Books of the Year. Her books illustrated for Penguin Random House include Phoebe the Sky; Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm; and What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? View titles by Margot Tomes

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

View titles by Tomie dePaola

Praise

Praise for Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

★''England's King George ill made buttons, ate sauerkraut, and collected clocks but none of the above could blot the upstart American Revolution from his mind. Great fun and fascinating history." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Fritz gives both a cozy, slightly comic view of the monarch, a tone picked up by the artist, and a view of the American Revolution that may help children understand that there is more than one approach to historical events." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book is as entertainingly written as her earlier biographical works about Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin; if based on background less familiar to young American readers, it may be, for that reason, even more welcome." —Horn Book

"Another of Jean Fritz's witty, warts-and-all portraits of Revolutionary War leaders." —New York Times Book Review

"A snappy biography of King George ill, vividly portraying his personality quirks and unusual taste as well as political philosophy." —Chicago Daily News

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

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