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Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de… (edició 2013)

de Selene Castrovilla (Autor), Drazen Kozjan (Il·lustrador)

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An account of the friendship between the first American president when he was an officer in the Continental Army and the young Marquis de Lafayette describes how the latter came to America to offer his services before earning a military position and Washington's admiration.
Membre:D.Callais
Títol:Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
Autors:Selene Castrovilla (Autor)
Altres autors:Drazen Kozjan (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Calkins Creek (2013), 40 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:nonfiction, white, elite, male, gr. 3-6, history, American revolution

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Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette de Selene Castrovilla

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This book tells the story of Marquis de Lafayette and his unlikely friendship with George Washington. Lafayette left France to come to America to fight with rebellious colonists, inspired by their cause. He looked up to Washington, who did not typically care for foreigners; they eventually became companions and Washington saw Lafayette as a friend and son. Lafayette even helped win a vital battle that helped win the American Revolution. Lafayette is someone that Americans ought to remember when discussing the American Revolution, as we often forget the foreigners that aided colonists in the war. The book was told in a narrative style that was easy to follow and told an interesting story, while the timelines and extra information allow readers to learn even more. ( )
  dperkins9 | Jan 23, 2020 |
Very informative. ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
Marquis de Lafayette dined at City Tavern among American patriots, but it was not an easy journey to get there. He paid for his own ship and left France, spending 54 days at sea. He was eager to offer his services to the patriotic cause. He became part of the military and ended up getting injured in battle. This book shows a great bond between 2 Revolutionary War heroes. ( )
  D.Callais | Feb 4, 2019 |
Selene Castrovilla has written several picture books and short chapter books on the American Revolution. I've used them in book clubs and recommended them to teachers and, after several years with no new titles, was pleased to see that she had come out with some new books. Somehow, I discovered at this time that I'd missed some of her earlier works, including this one which features the friendship between George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette.

The story begins with the arrival of Lafayette in American in 1777. He met Washington and was quickly impressed by him. Washington wasn't very interested in the little Frenchman - their previous experience with the French had not been good. But they needed allies and so he was polite. It was the beginning of a close friendship. Washington eventually came to be close friends, almost a father figure to the young Frenchman. Lafayette, given a chance, fought valiantly for the Americans, cementing both his worth to the cause and his close friendship with Washington.

An extensive back note gives the rest of the story; Lafayette's involvement in the rest of the war, the eventual separation of the two friends, divided by wars, imprisonment, and tensions between the two countries. Lafayette's last visit to American came too late for him to meet his hero, but he was given a great welcome by the American people.

Further resources include a timeline of both men, places of interest to visit in the US and France, a bibliography, and several other resources. There are also quotes from Lafayette included in each segment of the story.

This didn't quite click for me as much as Castrovilla's other works. It's laid out very definitely as a picture book, which is a very difficult sell in my library; both parents and kids consider anything in picture book format to be a "baby book" and some of our schools' reading programs count by page number. Gah. I preferred Castrovilla's books that are more chapter book style. Although this was lengthy and had some great dialogue and a look at what is now a little-known episode of the American Revolution, I felt that for the audience it lacked a lot of context. Most of the 3rd and 4th graders I work with don't know the basics of the American Revolution, let alone the more complex history behind the involvement with France and England. I felt like more context would have made this more accessible to the kids.

Verdict: While I don't feel this stands alone well, it is a good supplementary text for students learning about the American Revolution. I will be recommending it to teachers and especially to my homeschool students. I purchased it as part of my work on updating our 900s section with a wider selection of titles.

ISBN: 9781590788806; Published 2013 by Calkins Creek; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Aug 11, 2018 |
Selene Castrovilla, who has explored the history of the American Revolution in such children's books as By the Sword, about the Battle of Long Island, and Upon Secrecy, about Washington's spy ring, turns in this picture-book to the friendship between General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Opening as Lafayette arrives in Philadelphia, eager to meet his hero, the book chronicles the young Frenchman's involvement in the Revolution, from his initial efforts to ingratiate himself with Washington, to his actions in the Battle of Brandywine, in which he was wounded in the leg. The afterword and the biographical chronologies for both Washington and Lafayette that are included at the rear fill in additional details, from Lafayette's involvement in the Battle of Yorktown to the friendship between the two men subsequent to the war.

An engaging narrative, once which focuses on one particular aspect of the Revolution, one particular relationship among many, Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette doesn't really cover any new ground, but it will fill in some details of the overarching story for younger readers, and will highlight the fact that history itself is a composite weaving together of many individual stories. As someone who is very familiar with Washington's life - for adult readers, I recommend Ron Chernow's magnificent Washington: A Life - I didn't really learn anything new here, but I think younger children will, and I appreciated the inclusion of the back matter, from the chronologies to the list of further reading, and the recommendations regarding historical sites to visit. Recommended to anyone looking for books about the American Revolution for children aged 6-12. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 4, 2017 |
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