B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet

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B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet takes readers on a journey into one of the most important chapters of our nation's past. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest, most divisive events to take place in America's history, and most certainly ever on American soil. For four years our young country's sense of self and citizenry was shaken to the core as North and South battled each other. B is for Battle Cry brings to life historic battles (Antietam and Gettysburg), renowned leaders (Abraham Lincoln and Robert...
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B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet takes readers on a journey into one of the most important chapters of our nation's past. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest, most divisive events to take place in America's history, and most certainly ever on American soil. For four years our young country's sense of self and citizenry was shaken to the core as North and South battled each other. B is for Battle Cry brings to life historic battles (Antietam and Gettysburg), renowned leaders (Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee), inventions (ironclad ship and Gatling gun), and inspiring events and documents (the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation). From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, B is for Battle Cry brings this nation-defining time period to vivid life.Patricia Bauer believes that stories bring history alive. She uses poetry, music, picture books, costumes, and literature to engage her middle school students in the study of American history. B is for Battle Cry is Pat's first children's book. She lives in Minneapolis with her artist husband, David Geister. David Geister's deep appreciation for the drama of American history and the desire to tell those stories is what inspires his artwork. He is a popular visitor at schools with his costumed portrayals of historic characters. He lives in Minneapolis with his author wife, Patricia Bauer. This is David's fifth book with Sleeping Bear.
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Gr 2–5—In this informative book, each spread features a short poem related to Civil War history superimposed on a large, well-rendered oil painting, with more-detailed text on the side of one or both pages. Bauer presents multiple points of view, listing the many names the war has been called, discussing how battle names varied in the North and the South, and providing a succinct but instructive explanation of why the war began. She strikes a balance between major historical points and intriguing details that will maintain interest. Many particulars of ordinary life, such as uniforms, food, pastimes, and medical care, humanize the conflict. The information is realistic but not harsh, and it maintains an age-appropriate tone. The text and images, which complement and expand upon each other, include Caucasian and African-American men, women, and children. No mention is made of Native American involvement. This title will be a good companion to Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say (Philomel, 1994), George Ella Lyon's Cecil's Story (Scholastic, 1991), and Susan Fletcher's Dadblamed Union Army Cow (Candlewick, 2007).—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363568
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets - History
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 610,777
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    My Review: B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet: The beautifully illustrations of this book take readers on an A -Z journey into the Civil War, introducing them to the renowned leaders, historic battles, inspiring events and documents of the Civil War.

    A is for Abraham Lincoln and his history of becoming the 16th president of the United States. H is for Hardtack, the soldiers each received 10 pieces of hardtack as part of heir daily rations. S is for Spies, Wild Rose was a lady who spied for the South. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

    My review about David Geister the illustrator

    David Geister is a gifted and skillful historical artist. His paintings are very inspirational and human-like. David captures the facts and feelings of each story which shows in his paintings that helps brings each story to life.

    The illustrations are vibrant, bold and beautiful with incredible attention to details which helps to bring the story to life. Every child and adults will find these books educational and engaging to read.

    Great job David!

    FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the illustrator in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    A Civil War Alphabet for All Ages

    This book is the perfect introduction for both young and adult readers, to the American Civil War. With poetic verse, Bauer describes the events of the times, and the people swept up in them. Younger readers will like to hear the story read aloud, or sung to the music of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More," a song of the times. Sidebars on each page offer more in-depth information; even adult readers will find something new to learn here. (Raised by a Civil War buff as I was, I'd never heard of a Zouave!)

    Historical artist David Geister's paintings beautifully illustrate each alphabet page, and convey the sense of both sweeping events and very basic human emotion. It would be hard for me to say which illustration I liked best.

    Geister's website, davidgeister.com, offers a free music download of both Foster's music and the book's lyrical verses. As the mom of would-be historians, I highly recommend this book and its multimedia approach to learning about one of the most pivotal events in American history.

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