Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer

by Steven Kellogg
     
 

The popular creator of more than 90 books for children--including the beloved Pinkerton books--offers readers a boisterous and festive adventure, illustrating what one colonial boy may have witnessed on the day Captain George Washington took control of the rebel troops during the American Revolution.See more details below

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The popular creator of more than 90 books for children--including the beloved Pinkerton books--offers readers a boisterous and festive adventure, illustrating what one colonial boy may have witnessed on the day Captain George Washington took control of the rebel troops during the American Revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In honor of its 20-year anniversary, Steven Kellogg's Yankee Doodle has been redesigned and refurbished, for a new generation of young patriots. Intricate, spirited illustrations depict the day George Washington took control of the rebel troops during the Revolutionary War; the musical score is included. )
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Most children begin their political awareness through singing "Yankee Doodle." A refurbished and redesigned version of Yankee Doodle, by the well-loved illustrator Steven Kellogg, celebrates the 20th anniversary of his book. He emphasizes the revolutionary war setting and gives a great many verses unknown to most children. A small patriotic Yankee son rides with his father to view the troops, George Washington, and a battle with the Redcoats. Kellogg's illustrations are made for discussion, as he not only captures the revolutionary spirit, but his pictures explain many of mysterious words, and show the emotions of a young boy whose courage is challenged by the reality of battle.
Carolyn Phelan
TITLR YAnkee Doodle. . 1996. Ages 48. First published under the title "Steven Kellogg's Yankee Doodle" (1976) and starred in "Booklist", this picture book looks better than ever in its larger format. The glossy pages allow finer reproduction of the lively, detailed ink drawings that are washed with watercolor. The larger format affords room for a bigger typeface and more repetitions of the refrain as well as more white space framing the bordered illustrations. Two new pages provide detailed notes on the song and its history. And the familiar line that another age of political correctness had edited to "Mind the music and the step, and with the folks be handy" is here restored to the original, "Mind the music and the step and with the girls be handy." Hurrah!
Kirkus Reviews
The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Working in his usual ink and watercolor, Kellogg (Snuffles and Snouts, 1995, etc.) creates bustling crowd scenes in which all the people look like they have something to say. At the center of the blue-skied visions of New England is a mischievous Yankee Doodle, wending his way through camps and battles in the company of his little dog. The overall atmosphere is one of festive patriotism. Kellogg's pictures capture not only the meaning, but the rhythms of each verse, and readers are sure to sing along with the text (the music to the song is included). Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671807269
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
04/16/1996

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr.

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