AMERICAN REVOLUTION

 

For additional resources, see the Activities Calendar related to the onset of Revolutionary War and to the following individuals and events: Paul Revere (January 1), Benjamin Franklin (January 17), George Washington (February 22), James Madison (March 16), Thomas Jefferson (April 13), Phillis Wheatley (September 1), Molly Pitcher (October 13), and John Adams (October 30). Be sure to check school and public library shelves for nonfiction and related biographies published in library editions.

Adler, David A.  Heroes of the Revolution.  Illus. by Donald A. Smith.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Biographical sketches of 12 people significant to the American Revolution. Many quotes imbedded in the text. Appended timeline.

Allen, Thomas B.  Remember Valley Forge: Patriots, Tories, and Redcoats Tell Their Stories.  National Geographic, 2007.  Gr. 5-9
Abundant illustrations of art reproductions, documents, maps, and pictures of artifacts complement this story of triumph over the hardships endured by Washington’s soldiers—disease, starvation, brutal weather, but also the deception of spies and deserters.

Allen, Thomas B.  George Washington, Spy Master: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War.
Illus. by Cheryl Harness.  National Geographic Society, 2004.  Gr. 6-9
An intriguing text relates the important role that espionage played in the Revolutionary War. Washington’s use of spies and information about codes, secret messages, double agents, and invisible ink are detailed. Maps, reproductions of period material, and ink drawings contribute to the information. Extensive appended material.

Ammon, Richard.  Valley Forge.  Illus. by Bill Farnsworth.  Holiday House, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
The winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge is memorably depicted with interesting details and vivid oil paintings in this picture book for older students.

Amstel, Marsha.  Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride.  Illus. by Ellen Beier.  Carolrhoda, 2000.  Gr. 3-5
When her father hears that the British are attacking Danbury, Connecticut, Sybil offers to spread the word to his troops. On a dangerous night ride in the pouring rain, she accomplishes her mission.

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution.
Illus. by Matt Faulkner.  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
This jam-packed nonfiction picture book highlights the contributions of familiar names, such as Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, and Deborah Sampson, but also introduces nearly 50 more women who disguised themselves as soldiers, sewed for armies, boycotted British goods, participated in protests, raised money, served as spies, and defended their homes, among other activities in support of the war effort. Watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations in cartoon style add interest with humorous word bubbles and insets of information placed in decorative ovals.

Aronsen, Marc.  The Real Revolution: The Global Story of American Independence.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr. 7 & above
The author sets the American Revolution within the context of a complicated set of social, political, and economic circumstances that were operating in the world in the 1700s. Abundant illustrated matter that includes maps, reproductions of documents, portraits, and political cartoons add to this compelling volume. Extensive appended material.

Avi.  The Fighting Ground.  Harper Trophy, 1987.  Gr. 5-8
At just 13, Jonathan is ready to go to war…ready to fight…ready for the glory. However, in just a few hours, he is faced with difficult choices, and his life is altered forever.

Avi.  Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution.  Beach Lane, 2012.  Gr. 5-8
This fiction thriller filled with historical details tells the story of Sophia, who lives with her family in British-occupied Manhattan. Part of her story has Sophia at age 12 and deals with her search for her beloved brother who has been imprisoned. In the second part of the story, she is 15 and becomes a spy who helps to thwart the activities of British officer John André, for whom she cares deeply, in his collusion with Benedict Arnold. Glossary and author's note are appended.

Blair, Margaret Whitman.  Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided with the British during the American Revolution.  National Geographic, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Well documented account of slaves in Virginia who were offered their freedom if they fought, foraged, spied, or worked for the British side. Many died, and those who survived were not given all they were promised. Illustrated with primary source documents. Timeline, source notes, and recommended books and websites are appended.

Bobrick, Benson.  Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. 5-8
In this overview of the American Revolution, the author uses a series of double-paged spreads to introduce a variety of individuals and aspects of the war. The left-hand side includes a page of text, plus “Quick Facts,” and a small illustration. The right-hand side is a large illustration related to the subject. Includes maps, a glossary and bibliography, and a timeline on the end papers.

Borden, Louise.  Sleds on the Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution.  Illus. by Robert Andrew Parker.
McElderry, 2000.  Gr. 3-5
Nine-year-old Henry and his siblings want to try out a new sled on the best hill, but find that British troops have camped there. He approaches General Thomas Gage, who admires the boy for his courage and allows the children to sled there. Large watercolor illustrations provide the backdrop for the story.

Brennan, Linda C.  The Black Regiment of the American Revolution.  Illus. by Cheryl K. Noll.  Moon Mountain, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
The formation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, also known as the “Black Regiment,” which was comprised almost entirely of slaves, and the considerable contributions of this unit during the war are described in detail. Sidebars supplement the information. Large watercolor paintings provide action and setting details.

Brown, Don.  Let It Begin Here!: April 19, 1775, the Day the American Revolution Began.  Roaring Brook, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Beginning with some of the underlying issues that led up to the conflict, the author moves on to the first day of the battle with details supplemented by actual quotes. Watercolor illustrations add to the drama.

Brown, Don.  Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Tells the story of bookseller Henry Knox and his trials associated with transporting cannons almost 300 miles from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston across icy lakes and snowy roads and through dense forests to deliver them to General Washington's men. Watercolor illustrations reflect the winter landscape and the determination of the men navigating it.

Carlson, Drew.  Attack of the Turtle.  Eerdmans, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
Although he is afraid of the water, 14-year-old Nate agrees to help David Bushnell build and test his secret invention—a submarine, called the Turtle, that was designed to attach bombs to the hulls of ships. Nate’s story is fiction, but the book is based on actual events.

Castrovilla, Selene.  By the Sword.  Illus. by Bill Farnsworth.  Calkins Creek, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
Based on extensive primary source material, this story tells the experiences of schoolteacher Benjamin Tallmadge who joined Washington’s army. Bound to duty, but untried as a soldier, the text realistically portrays Tallmadge’s first battle and his risky return to the battlefield after the men have retreated to save the beloved horse he left behind. Exquisite oil paintings add to the realism of the story.

Castrovilla, Selene.  Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.  Illus. by Drazen Kozjan.  Calkins Creek, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Lafayette left France for America to fight in the revolution and endeared himself to George Washington for his courage. Quotes from Lafayette appear throughout this well-researched picture book account of their friendship. Lively pen-and-ink digitally colored drawings depict the settings. Back matter includes timelines, sources, and places to visit.

Cheney, Lynne V.  When Washington Crossed the Delaware.  Illus. by Peter M. Fiore.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Washington’s courage and admirable leadership in the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, including the famous crossing of the Delaware River, are evident in this account of the events. Oil paintings effectively contribute to the mood of the story.

Cooper, Michael.  Hero of the High Seas: John Paul Jones and the American Revolution.  National Geographic, 2006.  Gr. 4-8
This highly readable text traces the life of John Paul Jones from his early years in Scotland to his new life in the American colonies, his eventual rise to captain in the U.S. Navy, and his role as naval hero. Facts about ships and sailing are interwoven with descriptions of battles, military strategy, and mutinies. Archival reproductions and maps appear throughout. Substantial appended material.

Cox, Clinton.  Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. 6-9
From the Boston Massacre to Yorktown, this overview of African American participation in the war, highlighting the inequities created by slavery and racism, includes information often omitted from historical accounts. Well researched.

Decker, Timothy.  For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre.  Calkins Creek, 2009.  Gr. 4-7
Significant participants are mentioned by name in this minute-by-minute account of the Boston Massacre. Remarkable black-and-white pen-and-ink illustrations provide drama to the straightforward reporting of facts.

Dennenberg, Barry.  The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot, Boston, Massachusetts, 1774 (My Name is America).  Scholastic, 1998.  Gr. 5-8
A 12-year-old boy writes about the everyday occurrences in the lives of ordinary people in a city on the brink of war.

Fleming, Thomas.  Everybody’s Revolution.  Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
The contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, non-English leaders (German, French, Scottish, Irish, Dutch), women, and young people are featured in this nicely laid out book illustrated with reproductions of period paintings that extend the information presented in the text.

Fradin, Dennis Brindell.  Let It Begin Here!: Lexington and Concord, First Battles of the American Revolution.  Illus. by Larry Day.
Walker, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
Told in present tense, the narrative allows readers to witness Paul Revere’s ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord the next day. Dates, times, and the historical figures involved are included. Watercolor and gouache paintings contribute to the drama of the events.

Freedman, Russell.  The Boston Tea Party.  Illus. by Peter Malone.  Holiday House, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
In a shorter text than his usual format, Freedman once again demonstrates his skill as a chronicler of American history in a fascinating story backed by the rich use of primary sources and quotations. Watercolor illustrations provide period detail. An afterword, timeline, sources, and index are appended.

Freedman, Russell.  Lafayette and the American Revolution.  Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. 6-9
In this well-written biography, Lafayette's skill as a soldier is depicted in a nice balance with the discussion of his warm relationship with George Washington. Freedman's customary extensive research is highlighted by numerous paintings and prints and appended with a timeline, source notes, and bibliography. A good choice for research.

Freedman, Russell.  Washington at Valley Forge.  Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 5-9
In his characteristic style of weaving facts into a highly readable narrative illustrated by high quality reproductions, Freedman tells the story of Washington’s trials at Valley Forge. Conditions were deplorable, but Washington managed to keep up the morale of his men, reconstruct the failed supply system, and continue to train his men.

Gauch, Patricia Lee.  Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys.  Illus. by Margot Tomes.  Boyds Mills, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Nine-year-old Aaron is determined to help the Green Mountain Boys fight the British, but he needs to come up with a way to keep the British from stealing the ammunition stored in his town.

Gregory, Kristiana.  The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America).  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 5-8
Fictional diary of 11-year-old Abby Stewart whose family lives near the encampment of Washington’s army. Her diary records her positive interactions with the soldiers as well as the horrors of war.

Griffin, Judith.  Phoebe the Spy.  Illus. by Margot Tomes.  Putnam, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
Based on the true story of a free African American 13-year-old girl who posed as a housekeeper in the home of George Washington and spied in order to protect him.

Johnson, Neil.  The Battle of Lexington and Concord.  Four Winds, 1992.  Gr. 4-6
Full color photographs of reenactments staged at the sites illustrate the descriptions of the rides of Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, as well as the battles at Lexington and Concord.

Katz, Susan.  A Revolutionary Field Trip: Poems of Colonial America.  Illus. by R. W. Alley.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 3-6
In this collection of 20 poems, a contemporary teacher takes her class on a “field trip” to historical sites in the time of the American Revolution. Extensive glossary defines unknown terms; endpapers are period maps.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine.  Redcoats and Petticoats.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Holiday House, 1999.  Gr. 4-6
Based on actual accounts of the Setauket spies on Long Island during the Revolutionary War, this story tells of Thomas Strong’s mother who hung red petticoats or handkerchiefs on the clothesline as messages to the Patriots based on her son’s information about boats he saw in the water while fishing.

Kroll, Steven.  The Boston Tea Party.  Illus. by Peter M. Fiore.  Holiday House, 1998.  Gr. 3-6
In a long picture book format illustrated with watercolor paintings, the text provides an overview of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party and ends with the event itself.

Lefkowitz, Arthur.  Bushnell’s Submarine: The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution.  Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. 5-9
The invention of America’s first submarine, the Turtle, whose mission was to attach a mine to a British warship, is the subject of this intriguing story. Some of Bushnell’s actual comments supplement the narrative describing his invention and its operation within the historical context of the military and technology of the time. Period maps, drawings of the submarine, documents, and portraits make up the illustrations.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth.  The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.  Illus. by Christopher Bing.  Handprint, 2001.  Gr. 5-8
The classic poem is lavishly illustrated with replicas of engravings and artifacts from the period of the American Revolution.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth.  Paul Revere’s Ride.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Dutton, 1990.  Gr. 5-8
Stunning watercolor illustrations complement this version of the classic poem.

Maestro, Betsy.  Liberty or Death: The American Revolution, 1763-1783.  Illus. by Guilio Maestro. HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. 3-6
This introduction to the American Revolution, primarily from the colonial perspective, overviews important people, major events (including detailed descriptions of battles), and basic ideas of the period. Ink, colored pencil, and watercolor illustrations contribute even more detail to this history-packed volume.

Marrin, Albert.  Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty  Knopf, 2014.  Gr. 5-9
This well-researched biography presents Thomas Paine the man as well as the passionate political writer. His most famous writings are discussed within the context of the turbulent historical times. The highly readable narrative is supported by archival images. Back matter includes source notes, additional resources, and an index. Good choice for student research.

Minor, Wendell.  Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z.  Putnam, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
People, places, and events of the Revolution era are introduced in an alphabet book format with a brief description of each and illustrated with replicas of hand-painted signs that one might have seen outside of establishments at that time.

Moss, Marissa.  America's Tea Parties: Not One But Four! Boston, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia.  Abrams, 2016.  Gr. 5-8
Though most students know about the Boston Tea Party, they may be less aware of the unrest in other colonies because the tax on tea. In this well-researched book, Moss does a superb job of providing background about the implementation of the tax and the development of events in all four cities. Numerous primary source documents are woven into the text. An excellent addition to units on the American Revolution.

Murphy, Jim.  The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution.  Scholastic, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Descriptive writing and a well-researched text take readers from the early days of the American Revolution through its most trying times with the focus on Washington as a military leader. Abundant graphic material, including maps, paintings, prints, and portraits, supplements the information. Appended sources, timeline, index, and list of Revolutionary War sites that people can visit are appended.

Murphy, Jim.  A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy.  Houghton Mifflin, 1996.  Gr. 5-9
Told from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin, who enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776, readers get a glimpse of major events of the war in addition to Martin’s experiences. Good use of maps, black and white reproductions of paintings, and documents to supplement the text.

Myers, Anna.  The Keeping Room.  Walker, 1997.  Gr. 4-6
When his town of Camden, South Carolina, is occupied by the British and his father is captured, 12-year-old Joey’s home is chosen as headquarters for General Cornwallis and his men. They are a tough lot and even construct a gallows in the family garden. Many of Joey’s attitudes change in the story besides his thoughts toward the enemy—his views on slavery are also altered.

Noble, Trinka Hakes.  The Scarlet Stockings Spy.  Illus. by Robert Papp.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
A young girl spies for General Washington’s army by hanging her petticoats and scarlet stockings on a clothesline as secret code to communicate with her soldier brother. Realistic oil paintings add drama to the story.

Paulsen, Gary.  Woods Runner.  Wendy Lamb, 2010.  Gr. 6-9
Thirteen-year-old Samuel lives with his family on the Pennsylvania frontier. After hearing about Lexington and Concord, he returns from some time in the woods to find his house burned down, the neighbors killed, and his parents missing. The story tells of the harrowing search for his parents that leads him to New York. Historical notes are interwoven with the chapters of Samuel's story. Grim details in this fast-paced story.

Penner, Lucille Rech.  The Liberty Tree: The Beginning of the American Revolution.  Random House, 1998.  Gr. 3-5
The opening illustration introduces the actual Liberty Tree, an elm in Boston; and the following short chapters provide information about the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s ride, spies, battles, the Declaration of Independence, and much more. Watercolor illustrations provide additional detail to this comprehensive overview.

Rappaport, Doreen & Verniero, Joan.  Victory or Death!: Stories of the American Revolution.  Illus. by Greg Call.
HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 4-6
Eight short stories, vividly told, reflect the cultural diversity of some well-known (Abigail Adams, Sybil Ludington) and other lesser known (African American spy James Armistead and Francis Salvador, a South Carolina Jew) heroes of the American Revolution. Illustrated with maps and black-and-white pencil drawings and appended with a chronology and bibliography, this resource will appeal readers who want exciting stories as well as to researchers.

Ratliff, Thomas.  How to be a Revolutionary War Soldier.  Illus. by John James.  National Geographic Society, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
Just about everything one needs to know about being a Revolutionary War soldier is covered in the text and cartoon-like illustrations. The training, the pay, uniforms, weapons, treatment of wounds, and more, are covered.

Redmond, Shirley Raye.  Patriots in Petticoats: Heroines of the American Revolution.  Random House, 2004.  Gr. 4-7
Short biographical sketches of 24 women who served their country in a variety of ways during the American Revolution are presented. Some names are more familiar than others, and contributions range from writing to battlefield action to spying to nursing. Boxed insets provide additional information. Illustrations include reproductions of period art, prints, and photographs of artifacts and sites.

Reit, Seymour.  Guns for General Washington.  Houghton Mifflin, 1990.  Gr. 5-7
This fast-paced adventure recounts the difficult task of moving cannon and ammunitions from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to Boston in the winter of 1775.

Roberts, Cokie.  Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.  Illus. by Diane Goode.  Harper, 2014.  Gr. 3-6
A timeline of women's history from 1765-1815 starts this collection of lively facts and stories about the women who helped shape America's beginnings. Detailed mixed media illustrations highlight the readable text.

Rockliff, Mara.  Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped win the American Revolution.  Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.  Gr. 2-5
Watercolor characters that resemble gingerbread cookies with white frosting detail illustrate this story of little-known baker Christopher Ludwick who enlisted in the Continental Army to bake bread for the troops. This forgotten hero from the American Revolution might inspire readers to learn more about him. An informational note and gingerbread dough recipe are appended.

Rockwell, Anne.  They Called Her Molly Pitcher.  Illus. by Cynthia von Buhler.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
A longer picture book biography that tells the exciting tale of the legendary heroine at the Battle of Monmouth. Paintings in a folk-art style on a linen-like background look as if they were painted long ago.

Roop, Peter & Roop, Connie.  Buttons for General Washington.  Illus. by Peter E. Hanson.  Carolrhoda, 1986.  Gr. 3-5
The story tells of a Quaker family who become spies for the American army when the son carries messages to Washington’s troops in the buttons of his coat. An appended note explains the spy activities of the Darragh family.

Schanzer, Rosalyn.  George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides.  National Geographic, 2004.  Gr. 5-9
The lives of George Washington and King George III are compared and contrasted against a backdrop of events that led up to the Revolutionary War, the progress of the war, and the eventual outcome.

Shea, Pegi Deitz.  Patience Wright: America’s First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy.  Illus. by Bethanne Andersen.
Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
Picture book biography of Patience Wright, an accomplished sculptor of wax images, who became a spy for the revolution by hiding messages in the sculpted busts she sent from England to America. Large pastel and gouache illustrations depict Wright, her sculptures, and period costumes in remarkable detail.

Sheinkin, Steve.  King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You about the American Revolution.  Illus. by Tim Robinson.  Flash Point, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
A great deal of information (much of it IN the history books) is packed into this humorous combination of text and illustrations that present people and events of the American Revolution. Clever chapter titles will keep students reading. Liberal use of quotes throughout. Useful index of 21 people associated with the time, plus substantial appended resource material.

Silvey, Anita.  Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  Clarion, 2010.  Gr. 3-5
Easy-to-read overview of the life of bookseller Henry Knox who directed the arduous task of getting cannon and other arms to George Washington's army. Knox's patriotism was rewarded with a commission. Magnificent paintings on wood illustrate the story. Timeline and additional resources are appended.

Smith, Lane.  John, Paul, George & Ben.  Hyperion, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Readers who are already familiar with these Founding Fathers (Hancock, Revere, Washington, and Franklin, plus Thomas Jefferson) will appreciate the humor in this off-the-wall book. Each of them had an appropriate characteristic at a young age (e.g., bold, noisy, honest, clever, or independent), which he exhibited much to the annoyance of teachers and family members. An early American font and delightful cartoon-like illustrations, composed to look like they were from the period, add to the fun.

St. George, Judith.  The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence.  Illus. by Will Hillenbrand.  Philomel, 2005.  Gr. 3-6
The amazing “adventures” of the document that gave the American people their freedom are presented in a lively and entertaining manner in a text chock full of historical detail.

Stanley, Diane.  Joining the Boston Tea Party.  Illus. by Holly Berry.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
The time-travelling twins, Liz and Lenny, accompany their grandmother and her dog to colonial Boston and, dressed as Mohawks, participate in the Boston Tea Party. Cartoon style illustrations and fact-filled word balloons provide information about what led up to the event.

Turner, Ann.  When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia.  Illus. by Mark Hess.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Ned relates his feelings about the events of the summer of 1776 when Thomas Jefferson boards with his family while he attends the Continental Congress and works on the Declaration of Independence. Brightly colored oil paintings add detail and emotion to the text.

Turner, Ann.  Katie’s Trunk.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Macmillan, 1992.  Gr. 3-5
Set in the time between the Boston Tea Party and the initial battles of the war, Katie, the daughter of Tory sympathizers, hides the family’s valuable possessions. A young rebel discovers her hiding place, but keeps it a secret. Details in the pencil and watercolor illustrations reinforce the time and place in this story of loyalty and courage from the Tory point of view.

Winnick, Karen B.  Sybil’s Night Ride.  Boyds Mills, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Story of 16-year-old Sybil Ludington who rode through a stormy night to alert her father’s troops that the British were burning Danbury, Connecticut. Details in the illustrations reinforce the setting. Archival map of Sybil’s route is included.

Winter, Jonah.  The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America.  Illus. by Barry Blitt.  Atheneum, 2015.  Gr. 4-7
Fourteen men who managed to put together a brand new country are profiled in this humor-laced, fact-packed volume. A brief bio that tells why each man was significant is followed by a selection of quotes, achievements, positions held, and personal information. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations capture their personalities and contribute to the humor. Students of very early America will delight in this book.

Winter, Kay.  Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak.  Illus. by Larry Day.  Dutton, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
A printer’s errand boy delivers a message about a meeting to decide the fate of three British ships loaded with tea sitting in Boston harbor and meets a diverse group of citizens on his rounds—a baker, shoemaker, milliner, tavern keeper, barber/wigmaker, clockmaker, dame school mistress, and silversmith’s apprentice. These individuals tell about their work and reveal their political sentiments in their own voices through free verse poems. The final poems relate details about the Boston Tea Party, and the Patriots ponder their future. Watercolor and ink illustrations fill the pages with considerable period detail.

Zeinert, Karen.  Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution.  Millbrook, 1996.  Gr. 5-9
By focusing on the contributions of specific individuals, the text outlines the varied responsibilities of women during the time of the Revolutionary War—they assumed the duties of the men who were away, protected their homes, raised funds, spied, wrote, and fought.

Zemlicka, Shannon.  Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy.  Illus. by Craig Orback.  Carolrhoda, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
Shorter biography about Nathan Hale, a teacher who worked as a spy for George Washington and was ultimately caught and executed.

 

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