George Washington and the General's Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)

George Washington and the General's Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)

Frank Murphy

Language: English

Pages: 48

ISBN: 0375810153

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! George Washington is fighting in the American Revolution. He
sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will be surprised to find out what happens in this little-known true story about America’s first president.

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For my father— like Washington, so brave and so honest —F.M. For Tom and Marianne— wonderful people, wonderful friends —R.W. Author acknowledgments: Thanks to the world’s greatest librarian, Liz Dobuski, for guiding me toward this story. Thanks to Caprice Serafine for her help with mastiffs. Thanks to my editor, Shana Corey, for her grace and expertise in helping to draft this story. Thanks to Diane Landolf for help with photo research. Much of the research that went into crafting this

story was supported by the words of George Washington himself through his voluminous writings, available at the Library of Congress, and by James Thomas Flexner’s biography Washington: The Indispensable Man. Photograph credits: George Washington with Nelson: © Francis G. Mayer/CORBIS; Alexander Hamilton: © Archivo Iconographico, S.A./CORBIS; William Howe: © Hulton Archive by Getty Images; note to William Howe courtesy of the Library of Congress. Text copyright © 2002 by Frank Murphy.

dog belonged with his master. George had his friend Alexander Hamilton write a note to General Howe. The note said that George wanted to return the dog. Both sides raised white flags. The white flags meant no one could fight. George’s soldiers walked the dog across the battlefield. They gave him back to General Howe. People in England found out about George’s good deed. The English still wanted to beat George and win the war. But now they respected him. Some

not have nearly as many supplies. Sometimes his soldiers were cold. Sometimes they were hungry. But they did not give up. In the fall of 1777, George’s troops went to Pennsylvania. They were fighting the English troops. Guns fired! RAT-A-TAT-TAT! Cannons roared. BOOM! BANG! Smoke filled the air. Finally, the fighting ended. The English soldiers went back to their camp. The battle was over for the day. The smoke began to clear. George noticed a dog without a soldier.

not have nearly as many supplies. Sometimes his soldiers were cold. Sometimes they were hungry. But they did not give up. In the fall of 1777, George’s troops went to Pennsylvania. They were fighting the English troops. Guns fired! RAT-A-TAT-TAT! Cannons roared. BOOM! BANG! Smoke filled the air. Finally, the fighting ended. The English soldiers went back to their camp. The battle was over for the day. The smoke began to clear. George noticed a dog without a soldier.

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