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Children's LiteratureUsing a variety of primary sources, this book introduces young readers to fourteen years covering the American Revolutionary War up until the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. The handsome design features mostly double-page spreads with full page picture on the right facing on the left text, a boxed "Quick Facts" segment, and a smaller vignette. Text is organized chronologically, covers all major battles, pauses to discuss groups such as Loyalists, Rangers, and Redcoat generals; and provides short lively discussions of key individuals such as the treacherous Benedict Arnold, Lord North, the valuable allies, Marquis De Lafayette and Baron Von Steuben, and others. Text is short enough to interest casual browsers, but informative enough to give report writers some facts within context. Artwork is unattributed to individuals but archival and museum sources are provided. A timeline of famous events is printed on endpapers, a glossary, maps, bibliography of mostly adult titles rather than sources for child readers, reliable websites, and an index are included. 2004, Atheneum Books, Ages 9 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.