In this funny historical picture book, a family of misbehaving children get George Washington to finally smile—just in time for his portrait!
Charlotte, James, and baby John have promised to be on their very best behavior when President Washington comes to have his portrait painted by their father, Gilbert Stuart. But, their very best behavior leaves a lot to be desired. After a particularly catastrophic visit, Washington gifts Charlotte with a book of manners, which she and her siblings eagerly follow as they try to impress him. What results is a hilarious chain of events, ending in a smile on the president's face—and a painting that will be remembered for centuries to come.
Based on the true story of Gilbert Stuart's famous portraits of Washington, and with an author's note in the back detailing all the facts, this is one educational pick that will have even the most restless readers laughing.
Nancy Carpenter has won the Christopher Award and the Golden Kite Award for her picture book illustrations. A graduate of Parsons, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.