Heroes of the Revolution

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Children's Literature
A dozen men and women whose courage and determination to seek freedom changed history are depicted in this quick overview. Adler has condensed information, salient facts, and memorable quotes in a three-to-five paragraph pocket biography of well-known figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Ethan Allan, Nathan Hale, Molly Pitcher, John Paul Jones, and Crispus Attucks. He also includes Haym Salomon, a noted financier who bailed out the struggling revolution by loaning money to pay soldiers; Deborah Sampson who, disguised as a man, fought in the war until wounded; and Lydia Darragh, a servant who spied for the patriots. Each person's dates of birth and death are given along with the paragraphs. Smith's unconvincing and wooden depictions of these heroes get the job done, in the manner of textbook illustrations, but add little interest. Endnotes include a fascinating fact or two about each hero which children will enjoy adding to their overview. Important dates from 1760 to 1783 give an overview of the Revolution and source notes are included. Because Adler includes scholarly source notes, he had to feature these references in his selected bibliography, sources of interest to adults only. But he thus missed a chance to guide his readers to further reading, such as books by Jim Giblin, Jean Fritz, or even Adler's previous "Picture Book Biography" series. And Adler's tantalizing glimpses of these heroes will provoke many to search out further information. 2003, Holiday House, Ages 6 to 10.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Whether spying on the British or rescuing fallen soldiers on the battlefield, the 12 men and women in this collection stand out as heroic figures. Each spread includes a brief, anecdotal text and a stylized painting of the individual in action. Entries are alphabetical, include birth and death dates, and contain details only about the person's contribution to the war. For example, George Washington's biography discusses his role as the commander of the Continental army. Other figures include Ethan Allen, Crispus Attucks, Lydia Darragh, Nathan Hale, Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Haym Salomon, and Deborah Sampson. A chronology and author's notes provide additional information. Teachers looking to introduce the war to children and students looking for ideas for reports will find this title an engaging place to start.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Adler presents 12 heroes of the American Revolution in an attractive, if slight, volume. He selected his subjects "as examples of the many brave and diverse heroes of the Revolution." Presented with such iconic heroes as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Paul Revere are Crispus Attucks, a former slave killed at the Boston Massacre; Deborah Sampson, whose epitaph reads "the female soldier"; Lydia Darragh, a spy; and Mary "Molly Pitcher" Hays, who served at the Battle of Monmouth. With no introduction to provide context, the one-page vignettes offer cardboard heroes at best. The dramatic, full-page watercolor illustrations provide the energy the text lacks. The bibliography is an odd assortment of sources-mostly older books for adults, with nothing pointing younger readers to the wealth of materials-including some of the author's other works-on the subject for them. Useful only if matched with more informative sources, such as Doreen Rappaport and Joan Verniero's recent Victory or Death! Stories of the American Revolution (p. 539). (contents, author's notes, important dates, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823414710
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,085,833
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    stirring accounts of American Revolutionary patriots

    David Adler is a prolific author for young people who has written the Cam Jansen and Fourth Floor Twins mystery books and a series of biography/picture books. Heroes of the Revolution is a collection of stories about twelve heroes of the American Revolution. It lists some of the better known ones (Ethan Allen, Nathan Hale, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, and George Washington) and some who are lesser known: Crispus Attucks (African American); Lydia Darragh, Mary (Molly Pitcher) Hays, and Deborah Sampson (women); and Haym Salomon (Jewish). Obviously, a single book for young readers could not list everyone, but I missed John and Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Morris (all are mentioned briefly in some of the other stories), and one of my favorites, Dr. Josiah Warren. Nevertheless, the hair on my neck still stood up as I read the stirring accounts of these patriots.

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