The Many Faces of George Washington

The Many Faces of George Washington

Remaking A Presidential Icon

Book - 2011
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Veteran children's author McClafferty takes a look at the life of George Washington by chronicling the fascinating process of creating life-sized statues of Washington using the latest modeling techniques.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780761356080
0761356088
Branch Call Number: B/WASHINGTON
Characteristics: 120 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 26 cm.

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At the Mount Vernon visitor center, there are three life-size figures of George Washington at three different ages. This book relates the research needed and the processes that were developed to create this figures, as well as covering what was happening in his life at those ages. Illus. with photographs.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 17, 2012

McClafferty’s book is noteworthy because it not only brings to life the reconstruction of a dead man’s face, but also the life and times of our very first president. The term “making history come alive” is used too often these days, but I can think of no better way of describing was the author has done here. And though I would have preferred a little more three-dimensionality of the man alongside the three-dimensionality of his body, I can think of few books for kids that bring him to life better than this. Really fun. Really smart. Really informative.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 17, 2012

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 17, 2012

Recently The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association had a problem. Thirty years ago your average American knew more about President George Washington than folks today. What to do? In an interesting twist, the Association placed much of the blame on the image of George found on the dollar bill. I mean seriously, who can relate to that guy? It would be great if you could find a way to discover what the man actually looked like. So Jeffrey H. Schwartz, a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh, and a whole team of experts were brought in to try to create life-sized reproductions of Washington at ages nineteen (young surveyor), forty-five (General), and fifty-seven (President). As we watch the reconstruction of a man long dead, the text is interspersed with information about Washington at each of these ages, telling the story of the man as well as the body. A Timeline, Source Notes, Index, Bibliography, and section for Further Reading (including websites) are all included at the end.

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