George Washington's Socks

George Washington's Socks is a children's novel by Elvira Woodruff.[1] It was published by Scholastic Books in 1991 and is the first book in her Time Travel Adventures series. The book has been used in classrooms to teach children about social studies and American history.[2][3]

George Washington's Socks
Cover of a later edition
AuthorElvira Woodruff
SeriesTime Travel Adventures
GenreChildren's fiction
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint, audiobook
LC ClassPZ7.W8606 In 1991
Followed byGeorge Washington's Spy 



When siblings Matthew and Katie Carlton enter a rowboat with their friends Tony, Q, and Hooter, the last thing they expected was for them to be transported back in time to 1776. There they meet George Washington himself and find themselves caught up with his struggle for independence.



Publishers Weekly wrote in a review, "The harsh conditions and brutal implications of the historic battle interspersed with snappy dialogue and 20th-century humor proves an appealing mix, though older readers may find the anti-war message a bit heavy-handed."[4] In their publication Pennsylvania Legacies, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania commented that the book would appeal to readers of fantasy novels and adventure stories.[5] George Washington's Spy is the sequel to George Washington's Socks.


  1. ^ "Woodruff, Elvira". Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ Mindes, Gail (2006). Teaching Young Children Social Studies. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 161, 183. ISBN 0-275-98228-9. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ Massey, Dixie D; Heafner, Tina L (Sep 2004). "Promoting reading comprehension in social studies". Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 48 (1): 29. doi:10.1598/JAAL.48.1.3.
  4. ^ "George Washington's Socks". Publishers Weekly. Undated online. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ Saad, S. Chris (May 2002). "George Washington's Socks". Pennsylvania Legacies. 2 (1): 28. JSTOR 27764833.