Hannah's Winter of Hope

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It's the winter of 1780, and Hannah's family has been living in a one-room shed since the British burned down their house. When news comes that Hannah's brother Ben, a soldier, has been captured by the British, Hannah tries to keep busy making candles and helping to rebuild their home. But she can't help worrying about Ben ...until suddenly a stranger arrives bringing unexpected news.

Jean Van Leeuwen makes this story...compelling through the ...

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Overview

It's the winter of 1780, and Hannah's family has been living in a one-room shed since the British burned down their house. When news comes that Hannah's brother Ben, a soldier, has been captured by the British, Hannah tries to keep busy making candles and helping to rebuild their home. But she can't help worrying about Ben ...until suddenly a stranger arrives bringing unexpected news.

Jean Van Leeuwen makes this story...compelling through the picture of daily life. (Kirkus Reviews on Hannah of Fairfield)

In 1780 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Hannah worries about her brother Ben, a colonial soldier being held prisoner by the British, and joins her family in rebuilding their home and preparing for Ben's homecoming.

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The time is the America's Revolution and young Hannah and her family find themselves without a home; their dwelling has been burnt to the ground by the British. Despondent, yet determined, brave Hannah tries to rebuild her family's shattered lives. Hannah tends to injured siblings, assists in the rebuilding of her once grand home, and prays for her brother's safe return from behind enemy lines. They do receive a momentary reprieve when a young boy offers to help Hannah's family rebuild their home, but soon, he too, is entertaining thoughts about enlisting in the army. Valiantly, Hannah discourages him, stressing his youth and his overly idealistic version of war. Soon, all is well as Hannah's house is completed and her captive brother returns. Intermediate girls will enjoy this slim book; its large print and illustrations will help low level, high interest readers learn about the American Revolution. Genre: American Revolution/Fiction 2000, Phyllis Fogelman Books, 85p
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It is the winter of 1780 and Hannah Perley's family is living in a one-room shed because the British burned down their home. Like many families of the Revolutionary War, they are struggling to maintain their lives and helping to provide for the American soldiers. Then comes the news that their oldest son, Ben, a colonial soldier, has been captured and is aboard a British prison ship riddled with disease. The family worries about Ben's safety until a stranger, aptly named Moses, brings news that Ben is on his way home. By illustrating the effects of war on one family, Van Leeuwen lets readers put themselves back in time. The everyday details such as candle dipping, knitting, ice-skating and the rebuilding of the destroyed home add a personal dimension to this enjoyable historic novel. Interesting historical tidbits, like the treatment of burns and a recipe for Ben's favorite cider cake, add to the flavor. Donna Diamond's lifelike illustrations bring a nice touch to this "Pioneer Daughters" book. 2000, Puffin Books, $14.99 and $4.99. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Julie Steinberg
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Gr 2-5-Hannah Perley's home in Fairfield, CT, has been burned by the British, along with all of the shops and many other houses in the area. Hannah's father is a clockmaker and the family is living in his shop until their house is rebuilt. Her older brother Ben is in the Continental Army. The story details life during this long, cold winter when there is little food and the family finds out that Ben has been taken prisoner by the British. Toward the end of the winter, he is released, and ill and weak, makes his way back home. This final volume in the "Hannah" trilogy gives a realistic glimpse into what life was like during this period. Full-page pencil drawings, spot art, and a map illustrate the volume. Large print, easy vocabulary, and short sentences make this title appropriate for children moving into chapter books, but the story will be of most interest to those who have read the first two books in the series.-Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803724921
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 5/1/1900
  • Series: Pioneer Daughters Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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