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Children's LiteratureRacing through the flashing light, resounding thunder and torrential downpour of the fierce summer storm, a lone figure on horseback speeds toward Philadelphia some eighty miles away. The long green scarf normally arranged to conceal a hideous sight is of little concern to Caesar Rodney now. He knows only that he must get to the State House in time to cast his vote for independence from Great Britain. As a delegate to the Second Continental Congress representing the new state of Delaware, his "yea" will be a deciding one. Award winning author Jan Cheripko and talented and noted illustrator Gary Lippincott bring a dangerous, yet thrilling moment in American history to life. Details of this tumultuous time are highlighted and interwoven with fascinating watercolors to mark the remarkable transition from colonial subject to American patriot. Our forefathers' actions on this day in 1776 escalate the War for Independence to a new level. Their courage exacts a heavy price over the next seven years, however, for delegates and colonists. Caesar's role in particular will cost him his life as he unselfishly chooses to place the fight for freedom ahead of his own battle with asthma and disfiguring cancer. The "hero of Delaware" is but one of the many courageous individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude today. This book offers an educational journey through the American Revolution that is easy to follow and visualize. It is a valuable one for any age. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 12.