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Remember Valley Forge: Patriots, Tories, and Spies Tell Their Stories

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Remember Valley Forge tells the ultimate survival story. Travel the trail of defeat that leads Washington's ragtag army to seek winter refuge at Valley Forge. Read from a teenage soldier's diary and a doctor's gruesome accounts of disease, hunger, and cold. Learn of plots against Washington and spies who aid the enemy. Discover why farmers sell the British food as the Continental Army starves and a powerless Congress looks on. Learn the true story behind the amazing achievements of the "winter soldiers." A time ...
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Overview

Remember Valley Forge tells the ultimate survival story. Travel the trail of defeat that leads Washington's ragtag army to seek winter refuge at Valley Forge. Read from a teenage soldier's diary and a doctor's gruesome accounts of disease, hunger, and cold. Learn of plots against Washington and spies who aid the enemy. Discover why farmers sell the British food as the Continental Army starves and a powerless Congress looks on. Learn the true story behind the amazing achievements of the "winter soldiers." A time line, archival images, maps, Web sites, source list, and index make this an excellent research tool for students.

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

Valley Forge was a winter refuge for thousands of George Washington's cold, hungry, destitute, and often untrained troops. This story chronicles the myriad difficulties that Washington and his soldiers experienced during those winters, including the rampant disease and starvation of the men and their horses and the lack of uniforms, shoes, and blankets. The men were greatly discouraged when they not only discovered spies in their ranks but also learned that local farmers were both giving and selling their goods to the British. They had to deal with deserters, constant defeats, and a decided lack of confidence in Washington. It is also the story of Washington's dedication; the triumph over hardship by his soldiers; the excellent training and leadership offered by men from other countries, such as Lafayette and von Steuben who helped forge an army; the much-needed support of Congress; and the final decisive victory, which established the nation's independence. This series includes a number of excellent books about history, describing Pearl Harbor and D-Day among other events, but each can stand alone because of the first-rate topic coverage. A time line of the Revolutionary War, archival images, maps, Web sites, source lists, and an index make it an excellent research source for students at the middle school level. Although designed as a current, important addition for both school and public libraries, the first-person accounts and striking primary resource material creates an intriguing read as a classroom tool and for assignments. Reviewer: Ava Ehde
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
This handsome entry to National Geographic's series devoted to "remembering" pivotal events in American history (Pearl Harbor, D-Day, World War II, Little Bighorn, and, of course, the Alamo) artfully recounts the bitter winter Washington's half-starved, half-naked, and half-frozen troops spent at Valley Forge, as well as the events leading up to that cruel and crucial winter ("the road to Valley Forge") and its heartening aftermath ("the road to victory"). Allen provides a fresh look at the Revolutionary War, portraying it as not only a revolution of the thirteen colonies against the British crown, but as "a true civil war, with the people of the Colonies divided, neighbor fighting neighbor." By focusing on the words of one young recruit, Joseph Martin (whose subsequent memoir is one of the richest sources of information on the experience of Continental soldiers), together with quotes from Washington's letters and diaries, Allen shows how the ragtag recruits were transformed, through the drilling of Prussian officer Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, into a true army. Allen concludes that Valley Forge was indeed "a forge, where suffering and discipline hammered a band of brave men, turning them into an army with a new spirit and resolve." His persuasive and engaging text is sumptuously illustrated with photographs and period paintings. Includes a timeline of the Revolutionary War, a bibliography, and an index. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Children will be drawn to this book's cover, as it shows Washington astride his horse reviewing the soldiers during a snowstorm and has quotations from key players such as General William Howe, John Adams, Joseph Galloway, Tom Paine, and Joseph Plumb Martin on the back. However, it is the smooth-flowing narrative's balanced mixture of the well known and obscure that makes the volume so inviting. Readers will be interested to learn that John Adams once supported Washington but then came to oppose him. The book is profusely illustrated with full-color reproductions, many full-page, as well as documents, maps, and pictures of artifacts, such as playing cards and a chess set. The photograph of the Memorial Arch, which faces the epilogue, is impressive, and it's interesting to contrast the map drawn by Washington the surveyor to the one made by "Mr. Parker" the spy. The book is not only a valuable resource, but also a tribute to those men and woman who secured this nation's foundation.-Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426301490
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: NC1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas B. Allen is the author of many books on subjects ranging from military history to espionage to sharks. He has written several acclaimed titles for National Geographic, including Remember Pearl Harbor, George Washington Spymaster, and Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is a founding member of the Writers' Center. Visit Thomas B. Allen on the Web at www.tballen.com.
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