Unless you are already a serious historian, I promise you will learn something from this book It it may not always be what you WANT to learn (for example, that the Revolutionaries committed atrocities against the Iroquois), but you're bound to learn SOMEthing new.This is a diligently researched book Do not let the fact that it is a picture book fool you this book is written at about a seventh grade reading level, and it shows Many pages of dense text, and a lotinformative than most textbooks I had through high school! The author worked hard to avoid painting the British and the Loyalists as monsters and they weren't! They had reasons for their actions just the same as the revolutionaries did Likewise, she doesn't present the patriots as unalloyed saints and they weren't, anythan you and I are! They did good things for good reasons, good things for selfish reasons, and bad things for the same reason anybody does bad things And yes, horrific acts were committed by both sides in this war, against enemies and innocents alike.The illustrations and quotations enliven and complement the text, but they do not take over the book I really advise this book for ANYbody wanting to learnabout the Revolution. I teach collegelevel history and, with a baby due any day, I was browsing Barnes Noble’s children’s history section when I came across this book It’s a wonderful surprise, doing in under 60 beautifully illustrated pages what I spend semesters trying to do in my US History classes.Rosalyn Schanzer’s George vs George aims to present both sides of the Revolutionary War and does a wonderful job The two Georges of the title are George Washington and King George III, and the book begins by comparing and contrasting them, humanizing both in the process The two Georges are also the book’s way in to describing the times and places in which they lived and the roles they played in American history.What you won’t find in this book are stories about cherry trees or wooden teeth or the bloody tyrant King George Instead, Schanzer presents the reader with two principled people on opposing sides of a divisive issue, and she lays out simply how they arrived at their positions and why Along the way she gives a brief history of the growing crisis in the colonies, the War for Independence, the Declaration, and what came after—for both Georges The Revolutionary era has been romanticized unlike any other, and Schanzer—in an ageappropriate way—strips away a lot of the gloss and shows the heroism and brutality of both sides There were plenty of both.Schanzer’s text is informative and her illustrations are wonderful They range from twopage battle scenes, of which the best is probably the Lexington and Concord spread, to what might be called infographics, laying out with simple, engaging pictures the way the British and colonial governments worked, what kind of soldiers fought in both armies, and so forth Sprinkled throughout are drawings of other figures of the period with their perspectives on events given in their own words And these are not limited to obvious movers and shakers like Jefferson and Franklin but include others like Samuel Johnson, Patrick Henry, muchdehumanized British generals like Gage and Howe, and ordinary men and women from both sides.The versions of Revolutionary history many of us grew up with were oversimplified, and detrimentally so The real story in all its complexity is muchinteresting, and George vs George is an ideal introduction to a rich and important part of our past.Highly recommended. This looks just like a kid's book, but it's packed with info We used it for homeschool as we studied the Revolutionary war It gave info from both sides, and kept my children's interest, as well as my own. This is a jampacked look at the Brits and the colonists during the Revolutionary period Geared for younger readers, but I learned quite a bit There are always at least two sides to every story. There are two sides to every story Rosalyn Schanzer's engaging and wonderfully illustrated book brings to life both sides of the American Revolution The narrative introduces anew the two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man who freed the American colonies from the British, and George III, the British king who lost them Two leaders on different sides of the Atlantic, yet with in common than we sometimes acknowledge We are lead through their story, and the story of their times, and see both sides of the arguments that divided the colonies from the Kingdom Was King George a Royal Brute as American patriots claimed? Or was he, as others believed, the father of the people? Was George Washington a scurrilous traitor, as all the king's supporters claimed? Or should we remember and celebrate him as the father of his country? Who was right? History teaches us that there are two sides to every story Rosalyn Schanzer's book is an accessible account of one the most vital periods in American history It is also a timeless lesson in seeing history from different points of view The author spent two years researching books, paintings, cartoons, and descriptions of Revolutionary times She uses art, text, and firsthand accounts to illustrate how history should never be reduced to simplistic conflicts between the good guys and the bad guys Her illustrations, and her engaging quote bubbles, bring the Revolution to life again, and allow the characters of the period to speak for themselves Through its lively text, detailed illustrations, and fully authenticated quotes, George vs George shines fresh light on both sides of the story of our country's formative years This book gives both sides to the American Revolution It talks about how King George the third and George Washington were similar in many ways and gives background information on each The book also shows how government worked in England and how government worked in America It talks about the taxes which were put on the colonies, the Stamp Act and the Sugar Act There is a section on what event caused the war and then what happened during the war The books gives information on the rebel forces and the British forces The book ends with the final battle and a “What Ever Happened to King George?” section I thought that the book had many different little known facts and anecdotes that would be interesting to students while they read the book There was also many different quotes from famous people in the American Revolution This book did a great job of comparing the two sides of this war You got to see King George the third and what he believed Then you also got to see what George Washington and what he believed Then it gave you the comparison of the armies and the two governments. I love history, and I wanted to knowabout the Georges and I guess I did, but I expected ! This is perfect for a 5th Grade American History class and that is who it is written for, so I should crow to loud! But it does make me want to knowabout the Georges, so I need to find a grown up George vs George book ANY Recommendations!? An interesting book Definitely promotes the economic view of American history and sources were books written in the 1960s and later as opposed to original source documents They did use original sources for quotations.Illustrations were colorful, and we were fascinated by the two sides to the story, but as it was coming from a point of historical revisionism, we can't believe everything we read I will be looking for history books older than 1930s so that we can read history documented by historians committed to portraying the true Providential view of American history.An incredibly helpful and interesting series on American history is David Barton's American Heritage DVD collection. This is a good book that outlines the two sides of the Revolutionary War The information is interesting and the illustrations complement the narrative nicely My only complaint is that the level of detail is too large to keep the interest of younger children Even though our girls were interested in the topic and willing to listen for a long time, it took us forever to finish this book Still, it's a good history lesson and I learned a bit by reading it, too Recommend for middle schoolage children. I bought this book for my fourthgrade son, but the book looked so darn intriguing I had to read it first I spend five years, from age 10 to age 15, living in England In History class in England, we covered the Rebellion in about a day It meant the loss of some colonies with a mostly criminal element to the British Of course, to the Americans, it was the forming of a new country our country This book doesn't romanticize the war or gloss over some of the barbaric performed by both sides It does show Washington as a hero, but it also shows the humanity of George III.