When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots


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When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney, Peter M. Fiore

It was November 1776, a time of trouble for our young country. We were fighting for our independence from Britain, and the war was not going well. The British had defeated General George Washington and his men on Long Island, driven them out of New York, and were pursuing them across New Jersey.

In the face of sickness, hunger, and winter cold, George Washington led his ragged army of patriots across the Delaware River. They had one last chance to surprise the British -- but could they succeed? Lynne Cheney, the author of the acclaimed national bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer and A is for Abigail, brings her acute sense of our shared history to this classic story of great bravery against enormous odds.

Accompanying the text are oil paintings by renowned artist Peter M. Fiore, which invoke the action, emotion, and splendor of this turning point in the American Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442444232
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 175,606
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Lynne Cheney’s most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

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When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for children to learn about Washington in our history of the United States. They can so much in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy to see such a beautiful book educating America's young minds about our fascinating history. My children love the story and the beautiful paintings by Peter Fiore that accompany Mrs. Cheney's prose. I'm sure we will enjoy reading this together for many years to come. I've bought a copy for everyone in my family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My six year old daughter loves this book. The illustrations are perfect and the story brings the 'crossing' to life. So many times the facts get in the way of the story. The author, bogged down in the facts tells a dry story lacking the emotional impact the events deserve. Lynne Cheney captures the spirit and awe of this event but in language that children and adults alike can respond. No one who reads this will walk away unmoved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read for school. Thought it was ok, but was dissapointed
WordsofTruth More than 1 year ago
When our youngest received this as a Christmas gift he would hardly put it down. He considers himself a young patriot and eagerly reads history, especially anything about George Washington. Not only is the text engaging, the pictures truly impart the feel of what that night might have been like.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Our entire family loves this book. We are homeschoolers and used this book when studying the American Revolution. The paintings are absolutely wonderful. After reading each page we discussed the paintings. We also liked the quotes found on each page. This is a definite must in any library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good for ages 5-10. Great for Christmas and for all of the holiday season. If our schools had more books like this instead of rewritten history our children would learn to respect the sacrifices made that make this a great country. All my kids enjoyed this and their friends too. The illustrations are fantastic. I also enjoyed Mrs. Cheney's other fine books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a delightful and inspiring book for patriots of all ages! Mrs. Cheney's retelling of Washington's battleplan for Trenton was full of insights into the personal lives of those who were there. The beautiful illustrations captured the spirit of patriotism in fine detail. It was wonderful to have the suggestion of planning a time at Christmas to read the story aloud as a family tradition. The listeners in our library will be challenged to become the patriots we need for the 21st century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son thoroughly enjoys this book, from the artwork to the story itself. This book helped initiate him into the passion that is America's history. I hope Mrs. Cheney writes more of these fine books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynne Cheney is not the author to tackle issues of 'heroism, persistence, and patriotism.' Her writing is much more suited to her past steamy sex potboilers than her attempts to illuminate or empower our nation's children with information regarding our history. Crafting a book about history for children that does not present a biased view is a difficult challenge, one Cheney fails to meet in 'When Washington Crossed the Delaware.' It's a thinly veiled partisan political pitch disguised as history for children.