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Summary: This collection of 33 essays about the men and women who helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. In addition to some familiar individuals, there are a number of less familiar names and people you don't hear about in most history books. The stories identify the specific contribution of each person and makes the case that George Washington’s and America’s success was the result of the efforts and support of these dedicated and patriotic men and women. This is a collection of historical vignettes.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: If you want to know the behind the scene heroes, this is the book for you. We have studied the American Revolution in school, but most of us are familiar with only a few of the revolutionaries. These were brave people. My favorite person is Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
Adult Reader Reaction: The stories have potential, but the descriptions lack notes to affirm the details.
Pros: The essays are easy to read. Each hero/heroine is presented in an informative and interesting manner. The illustrations provide a visual image of the hero/heroine of the essay. The glossary at the back of the book is helpful to better understand some of the terminology used in the book.
This is an excellent book to learn more about the history we were never taught.
Cons: It would be helpful to have the stories annotated with notes or references.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a reference book for a school or community library, as its purpose is to provide highlight data. Depending on the assignment, students would likely go to other, more substantive resources.