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WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE
by Russell Freedman

Trade Binding | 80 pages | 10 1/2 x 9 | US$ 24.95
ISBN: 9780823420698 | 10-15-2008

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 10 up

Themes: Colonial America , Courage & Honor , Independence Day , American - General, President's Day , Perserverance
Recommendations: A*, C, H, K*, SLJ*, V

About the Book
In Washington at Valley Forge, Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman offers a powerful account of the survival of American soldiers while camped at Valley Forge during a crucial period in the American Revolution.

George Washington's army almost perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, about twenty miles from Philadelphia, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship because the army's supply system had collapsed and they were without food, clothing, and blankets. The army was at its most vulnerable; but when the harsh winter drew to a close, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever. The British were defeated in 1783, and Washington, for the rest of his life, said that the credit for the American victory belonged to the soldiers who had braved the horrific conditions at Valley Forge.

Illustrated with prints, drawings, and full-color paintings, this masterwork includes maps, a time line, an index, source notes, and bibliography.

Excerpt from Washington at Valley Forge. Copyright © 2008 by Russell Freedman. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Starred Reviews

Three Stars!

School Library Journal
"Another stunning work from the nonfiction virtuoso . . . An excellent choice for every collection."

Booklist
"This solid book will dispel any fogginess children may have about why that winter in Valley Forge was such a pivotal time in our country's founding."

Kirkus Reviews
"The writing unfolds with characteristic clarity and sense of pacing, and gorgeous reproductions of engravings, drawings, lithographs and paintings illustrate the attractive volume."

Awards

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice

The New York Public Library’s Annual Children's Books list—100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

MIDDLE-GRADE NONFICTION

Educators' Guide
LAFAYETTE AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION and WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE Combo Guide
Educators' Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions and links for further reading. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.