Synopses & Reviews
In this riveting story about an important friendship, Selene Castrovilla introduces young readers to the tender side of George Washington when he meets the youthful Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. Lafayette has come to America to offer his services to the patriotic cause. Inexperienced but dedicated, he is a much-needed ally and not only earns a military position with the Continental Army but also Washingtons respect and admiration. This lively picture book presents the human side of history, revealing the bond between two famous Revolutionary figures. Both the author and illustrator worked with experts and primary sources to represent both patriots and the war accurately and fairly.
"The bond between two Revolutionary War heroes is the subject of this picture-book history from Castrovilla (By the Sword). The Marquis de Lafayette 'adored America. And because Washington represented America, Lafayette idolized him.' The cartoon-styled illustrations are notable for their animated facial expressions; Kozjan (Working Mummies) renders the 'scrawny and young and inexperienced' Marquis as ever eager, eyes wide as he 'gawked in admiration' at Washington. The spreads also feature small scrolls with quotes from the French nobleman, while words and phrases in his native language punctuate the text ('Lafayette wanted a command. Burning to prove himself, he nagged Washington and Congress. S'il vous plaÃ®t!'). The narrative comes to an abrupt end when Lafayette is injured in battle, and Washington declares fatherly affection for his wounded friend; a text-heavy afterword continues the duo's tale up through Washington's death. Detailed timelines for both men's lives, a list of historical sites, an extensive bibliography, and a glossary of French phrases wrap up this look at an intense friendship that proved beneficial to both men and their countries' fledgling democracies. Ages 8 up. Illustrator's agent: Pippin Properies. (Apr.)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
andquot;. . . This oversize, handsome package will introduce a little-known aspect of the Revolutionary War history through pithy words and often dramatic pictures. It respects its audience as well as the historically significant friendship it portrays.andquot;--Booklist, starred review
The Marquis de Lafayette has just ventured to America from France to join the Patriotic Cause and meet General George Washington. Despite his resistance to this meeting, Washington is impressed with Lafayette. The young Frenchman is dedicated and determined to prove himself. This riveting picture book captures the powerful and tender bond between the two men and offers unique portraits of both, while highlighting aspects of the Revolutionary War. It also includes a history of their friendship, timeliness of both menand#39;s lives, and resources, including a bibliography, places to visit, and Lafayetteand#39;s legacy in America.
About the Author
Selene Castrovilla has written about the American Revolution before in By the Sword and Upon Secrecy, both published by Calkins Creek. By the Sword was named an IRA Notable Book and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medalist for Nonfiction. Upon Secrecy was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year. Ms. Castrovilla lives on Long Island with her two sons. You can read more about her at SeleneCastrovilla.com.
Drazen Kozjan traveled to the site of the Battle of Brandywine and Philadelphia to research Revolutionary Friends. He is an illustrator and animator who helped to develop, design, and storyboard numerous successful cartoons including The Neverending Story, Rupert the Bear, Franklin the Turtle, and George Shrinks, among many others. He is also the illustrator of Diary of A Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell and the Julia Gillian series by Alison McGhee. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit him at drazenkozjan.com.