Synopses & Reviews
A hearty eater, dapperand#160;dresser, bookseller to Loyalists and Patriots alike,andand#160;married into a staunch Loyalist family,and#160;Henry Knox may seem an unlikely hero.But his fascination with warfare and strategy and his support of the Patriot cause prepared him to do what no one else thought was possible: transport heavy artillery from Fort Ticonderoga, up and down snow-covered hills and across frozen lakes, to relieve the siege of Boston. The dramatic story of his achievements is all the more satisfying for being absolutely true, a little-known episode in the history of the American Revolution. Source notes, time line, bibliography, map.
"The first half of this fully illustrated book deftly portrays Knox as a likable, optimistic youth, while the second half shows him as a determined 25-year-old officer leading the expedition that freed Boston in 1776. Quotes from period sources underscore the difficulties of the journey, while Silveyand#8217;s measured text ably tells the tale and puts events in their historical context."and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"The author portrays Henry as an enthusiastic, approachable man who loved books, artillery and food; who lost two fingers in an accident; who found possibilities where others found problems. Minor's realistic, stirring illustrations in acrylics on wood panels readily capture the gallant spirit of this man and his times. First-rate."and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"What a superb, vivid, rendition of one of the great adventures in American history. A delight for all ages."and#8212;David McCullough, Author of John Adams and 1776.
A picture book biography of Deborah Sampson (1760-1826), the only woman to receive a pension for Revolutionary War service, that illustrates the challenges of war from a woman's point of view. Wearing men's clothing, Sampson enlisted in the American army in 1781, trained and engaged in combat, and after her true identity was discovered, received an honorable discharge. She subsequently applied for, and received, a soldier's pension, and became the first American woman to tour as a professional speaker. This new biography, the first for the picture book age group, will include recent research conducted by local Boston historians.
Author Silvey and celebrated artist Minor present the true story of a bookseller who became a hero of the American Revolution. Full color.
Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened.
About the Author
Anita Silvey has spent more than thirty years in the children's book field, including several years as the Vice President and Publisher of Childrens Books for Houghton Mifflin Company, and eleven years as editor-in-chief at the Horn Book Magazine, during which time she launched the bi-annual publication of the Horn Book Guide. She is the editor of Children's Books and Their Creators.