Washington at Valley Forge
A 2008 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honorable Mention. "That winter, the British had their best chance to crush the American rebellion. Washington himself warned that his army was about to 'starve, dissolve, or disperse.' And yet the army did not fall apart. In June, the rebels marched out of Valley Forge tested, toughened, and ready to fight." In addition to providing fascinating details about how the soldiers of the Continental Army lived in Valley Forge, this book also paints brilliant portraits of the men who led them: Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, Friedrich von Steuben, and, of course, George Washington. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Black-and-white, sepia-toned, and full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Dec 2008
Awards & Honors
2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus, Honorable Mention; 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth; 2008 School Library JournalBest Books, Nonfiction; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, History/Life and Culture in the Americas
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Junior Library Guild
Eyewitness accounts add a great deal of texture to the history. “There comes a soldier;” wrote Dr. Albigence Waldo in his journal, “his bare feet are seen thro’ his worn out shoes . . . his shirt hanging in strings, his hair disheveled, his face meager; his whole appearance pictures a person forsaken and discouraged.” Freedman explains how the Continental Army not only survived, but prospered through the winter and spring of 1778: the nature of the living quarters they built, how they ate, and how they spent their time. He reveals that one reason for the privations suffered by the troops was that Congress did not believe the situation was as dire as it was; Washington feared that correspondence describing the situation would be intercepted by the British, who might attack if they understood how vulnerable the Revolutionary forces were.
The crisis is resolved as spring arrives and the army receives more supplies and support. Readers will experience a palpable sense of relief when General Steuben begins drilling the troops, when Washington learns that the King of France has signed a treaty of alliance with the United States, and when the American soldiers take back Philadelphia. This book is a treat for all readers, particularly those who enjoy American history and military narratives.
10 1/2" x 9"
Level 8.8; Points: 3;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 11.5; Points: 6;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
George Washington (1732-1799), The Revolutionary War, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Supplies, The Continental Congress, The Continental army, General Horatio Gates (1727-1806), Hunger, Desertion, Troop strength, The Battle of the Kegs, Disease, Hut building, Washington's staff, The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), Foraging parties, Martha Washington (1731-1802), Camp entertainment, Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand Baron von Steuben (1730-1794), Military discipline, Revolutionary weaponry, Morale, France, Alliances, The Battle of Monmouth, The siege of Yorktown, British surrender,