The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale

The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale

by Trinka Hakes Noble, Robert Papp
     
 

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Eleven-year-old Gabe enlists in the Union Army in Pennsylvania along with his older brother Davy and, as bugler, does his best to protect Davy during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Eleven-year-old Gabe enlists in the Union Army in Pennsylvania along with his older brother Davy and, as bugler, does his best to protect Davy during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
From the "Tales of Young Americans" series, this book is a beautifully illustrated volume about a young bugle boy at Gettysburg. Gabe joins the Union army to help protect his older brother, having lost two brothers to the Civil War already. In the doomed skirmish known as Pickett's charge, he takes a bold step to save the men in his regiment, and perhaps those in the Confederate regiment of a fellow bugler. Although fictional, the story has realism, some humor, and hope. The realistic paintings are life-like and stunning. Papp's attention to detail and his skillful portraiture are breathtaking. The illustrations do not come across as dated or nostalgic; rather, they are so true to life as to make it easily believable that the people on these pages could walk through our door at any moment. Young readers will easily relate to and identify with the children he has created. His talents make the story truly come to life.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This Civil War story resonates with courage and fear, love and loyalty. Eleven-year-old Gabriel has followed his 16-year-old brother Davy to war after their older brothers were killed fighting. As a bugler for the Union Army, Gabe has the important job of blowing orders to the troops. On the day before the Battle of Gettysburg, he is afraid and seeks comfort at a nearby creek. As he quietly practices his bugle calls, he is surprised to hear them answered with the reverse commands. He meets Orlee, a young Confederate bugler who is fishing in the stream. The boys share an interlude that has nothing to do with the imminent battle and they part, hoping to meet again. The next day, as Gabe's regiment marches into the fray, he must figure out a way to save Davy from danger in the front lines and to honor his new friendship. The well-rendered paintings are hauntingly detailed and place readers right in the action. They realistically convey the setting, the intensity of battle, and the emotions of the characters. This book puts a human face on one of our country's bloodiest confrontations and will spark discussion about the Civil War and about how people can be friends even if they have different beliefs.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585362530
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Tales of Young Americans
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
276,803
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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