“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff. Scholastic, c. 1993.
Reading Level: 840L
Synopsis: Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, and Tony camp out one night in Matthew’s backyard. In the middle of the night, they take a stroll down to the lake. Matthew’s little sister Katie decides to tag along, much to Matthew’s dismay. The friends get on a canoe and through a magical series of events, ends up with George Washington and his troops as they are crossing the Delaware River during the American Revolution. The kids tag along and see firsthand the struggle the soldiers went through to ensure our freedom. Eventually, with the help of Washington, they end up back at home in the present with a new appreciation for the historical figure.
Rationale for Use: Exciting and eventful plot. Interesting use of history.
Content Area Connections: George Washington, American Revolution
Possible Problems or Concerns: None