Molly Pitcher

Molly Pitcher

by Larry Dane Brimner, Drew Rose, Patrick Girouard
     
 
Molly Hays McCauley was a real woman. The source of the story about Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse during the Revolutionary War is George Washington's step-grandchild, George Washington Parke Custis. He published his memories of his grandmother's famous husband in the late 1820s. Whether the stories of Molly Pitcher are actually about Molly Hayes

Overview

Molly Hays McCauley was a real woman. The source of the story about Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse during the Revolutionary War is George Washington's step-grandchild, George Washington Parke Custis. He published his memories of his grandmother's famous husband in the late 1820s. Whether the stories of Molly Pitcher are actually about Molly Hayes McCauley remains to be seen. Historians now believe that the contributions of many women during the Revolutionary War combined to create the Molly Pitcher legend. In any case, the story of Molly Pitcher will always be a tribute to women who are strong, capable, and brave. Look inside to read about Molly's adventures at the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. You will also discover a great recipe for Corn Cakes, a glossary, and places to find more information.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Three serviceable American tall-tale retellings. Brimner captures some of the wild adventures of both Stormalong and Crockett through a combination of dialogue and narrative, but Pitcher is limited to a basic recounting of her famous role of distributing water to the fallen soldiers and standing in for her wounded husband firing a cannon during the American Revolution. The art in Stormalong and in Crockett effectively uses colors and textures to reflect the characters' environment, but the oversized coloring-book-style cartoons make Pitcher's story less believable. Each book includes brief information about the figure in real life and a rather far-fetched recipe (corn cakes for Pitcher, Tennessee grits for Crockett, and tuna sandwiches for Stormalong). Anne Rockwell's They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Knopf, 2002) and Ariane Dewey's The Narrow Escapes of Davy Crockett (Greenwillow, 1990; o.p.) are better choices. The publisher's Web site, which serves as a huge advertisement for Compass Point Books, contains only mediocre sites. Better Web information can be found by simply using a general search engine. Additional purchases at best.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756506049
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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