Why Not, Lafayette?

Why Not, Lafayette?

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by Jean Fritz, Ronald Himler
     
 
A young Frenchman of nineteen traveling across the sea to help a struggling nation fight for its independence? Why not? To Lafayette, anything was possible. A man who threw off the boundaries imposed on him to stand up for what he believed, the Marquis de Lafayette grew from an idealistic young man searching for honor and glory, into an idealistic statesman with

Overview

A young Frenchman of nineteen traveling across the sea to help a struggling nation fight for its independence? Why not? To Lafayette, anything was possible. A man who threw off the boundaries imposed on him to stand up for what he believed, the Marquis de Lafayette grew from an idealistic young man searching for honor and glory, into an idealistic statesman with rock-solid principles of liberty. Here, Jean Fritz brings to life the exciting story of the brave and appealing man known as "The Hero of the New World."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A starred review in PW said, "With her typically light touch, Fritz presents a biography of the aristocratic young Frenchman who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Lively, vigorous and just plain fun to read." Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lafayette is a name associated with the American Revolution and for many that may be all they know. Jean Fritz in her inimitable style brings Lafayette to life and also manages to convey plenty of information about the American Revolution, life in this new country, and life in France. The young Marquis wanted desperately to come to America and at the age of nineteen his wish came true. He became a great friend of George Washington, and he worked hard to convince France to support the Revolutionaries. Later he tried to instill his same principles about liberty at home in France. Unfortunately, he was not successful, and he and his family suffered greatly during his five-year imprisonment. Not only was Lafayette brave, he passionately believed in equality. He was also a man of considerable stamina. During Lafayette's later years, President Monroe invited him to be a guest of the United States, and Lafayette was lionized on his five thousand-mile tour. At his death, Lafayette who so loved his adopted country had soil from America sprinkled on his coffin. Black-and-white illustrations highlight events in each chapter.
Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In an informal yet informative narrative, Fritz presents the life of the French nobleman who came to espouse the democratic cause and worked toward achieving it. He not only fought successfully in the American Revolution, and proved himself as a leader of men, but also participated in advancing freedom in his own country and freed slaves in French territories. The author recounts the Marquis's full and honorable life, which spanned many important events in history including the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon. There is a lot of history contained in a little over 70 pages but despite its brevity, the book provides a great deal of information. A background knowledge of the time is useful to understanding some of the events fully. A well-executed, full-page pencil drawing appears in every chapter and serves to enliven the presentation. This competently written and documented title will not disappoint Fritz's many fans.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Fritz (You Want Women To Vote, Lizzie Stanton?, 1995, etc.), another winning portrait of a colorful historical figure with whom most readers will have but a nodding acquaintance. Rich, bored, 19, and thirsty for glory, Lafayette impulsively bought a ship in 1777 and sailed away to join the American colonists in their fight against Britain. An ardent admirer of George Washington and of republican ideas—"It was as if he had not only been plunged into the very stuff of liberty, but had been swished around in it until he was soaked through"—Lafayette became a war hero, returned to France for a long career as a political firebrand, then, in his late 60s, came back to this country for a 5,000-mile-long triumphal tour. Fritz adds telling—and usually entertaining—details so effectively that readers will be stirred even at this distance by Lafayette's accomplishments, personal gifts as a leader and mediator, and lifelong idealism. (b&w illustrations, not seen, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613360302
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
87
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China where she lived until the age of thirteen. She tells her story in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book.
Ms Fritz is the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
Among the prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: a medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, an American Book Award, a Christopher Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China where she lived until the age of thirteen. She tells her story in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book.
     Ms Fritz is the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: a medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, an American Book Award, a Christopher Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards. 
 

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