Casimir Pulaski: Soldier On Horseback

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"This biography elevates Pulaski to the hero status he deserves."
--Book Report

"It's time that Casimir Pulaski's claim to fame was re-etched, and David Collins has done a fine job of it."
--Moline (Ill.) Dispatch/Rock Island (Ill.) Argus

Casimir Pulaski could finally return to Poland and live quietly . . . if he so wanted.

But Casimir couldn't imagine living "quietly" in his homeland, which had been overtaken by the Russian army. Instead, he traveled to America, where he helped...

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Overview

"This biography elevates Pulaski to the hero status he deserves."
--Book Report

"It's time that Casimir Pulaski's claim to fame was re-etched, and David Collins has done a fine job of it."
--Moline (Ill.) Dispatch/Rock Island (Ill.) Argus

Casimir Pulaski could finally return to Poland and live quietly . . . if he so wanted.

But Casimir couldn't imagine living "quietly" in his homeland, which had been overtaken by the Russian army. Instead, he traveled to America, where he helped the colonies gain their independence from the British. He would continue to fight in the name of freedom, even if he could not save his own country from tyrannical rule.

This biographical account of a young man's struggle for liberty offers an admirable example of the democratic spirit. Pulaski's life, from his first experiences on a horse at age five to his final triumphant Revolutionary War battle, will entertain and inspire all readers.

Presents the life of the American Revolutionary War hero who was born in Poland and whose marble bust graces the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
This biography is a welcome introduction to a fascinating Revolutionary War hero. Casimir Pulaski was born in Poland in 1747 into a wealthy and loving family. Casimir's father taught him to ride horses as soon as he could walk. Casimir and his brothers spent their childhood in the saddle, studying soldier's skills with their father and the family's stable hand. By the time they were young men, Casimir and his brothers were able to lead their country in the battle to save Poland from Empress Catherine of Russia. Sadly, Casimir's brothers and father were killed in this attempt and Casimir was exiled from Poland. News of Casimir's success and leadership as a soldier reached the ears of George Washington just as America was entering the war against Britain. Casimir's exile led him across the Atlantic to help General Washington create a special cavalry infantry with new and improved weapons. Despite setbacks and frustrations in his new land, Casimir's dedication to helping Washington free the Colonies is truly inspirational. David Collins' book is a tribute to a much deserving, if little known, Revolutionary War hero. For young (and not so young) history buffs, this tale is a real treat.
Kay Weisman
Collins recounts the life of the Polish patriot who assisted the colonial forces during the Revolutionary War. The second son of a wealthy nobleman, Pulaski learned equestrian and military skills from his father and later led the Polish resistance against Russian influences in his native land. After his defeat, he fled to France, where he persuaded ambassador Benjamin Franklin to put his experience and cavalry skills to use. In America he organized the cavalry and successfully introduced new fighting techniques, although his poor English and a lack of interpersonal skills kept him out of Washington's inner circle. Collins' text flows smoothly and will interest history buffs, despite an early cat-and-mouse metaphor that is likely to confuse younger readers. Larry Nolte's black-and-white sketches serve to break up the text but offer little else. This will spark the most interest where Pulaski Day is commemorated, but it should also prove useful for report writers and for units on the Revolutionary War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540828
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,400,312
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

The late David Collins (1940-2001) wrote over sixty books for young readers and was an admired and respected educator. Believing that children can never have enough role models, Collins was dedicated to writing biographies for young readers to educate and entertain. His books have garnered praise from such publications as School Library Journal, the Book Report, the Polish American Journal, and the Catholic Post.

Larry Nolte, a popular free-lance artist, has added his distinctive style to many books by David Collins, including all those published by Pelican.

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