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Posted: Feb 04 2009 at 3:42pm | IP Logged Quote joann10

I am ready to row off into the Revolutionary War with my 7 and 9 year old. I have found a couple longer chapter books to read aloud, but I can only find a couple picture books to share with them.
Hopefully you wonderful ladies can point me to some intersting books!

Thanks so much for your help.
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Dutton Children's Books published a gorgeously illustrated version of Paul Revere's Ride that our family has really enjoyed.

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Thanks so much--these will keep us plenty busy.
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Posted: Feb 04 2009 at 6:34pm | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

Joann - I am in the midst of the Revolutionary War with my 9 year olds and my 5 year old. I have a whole list of picture books I can send you if you need any more (they may be under history on my blog). We have really enjoyed listening to Johnny Tremain on cd - we listened over several days and it was hard to stop each day. (the dvd is not worth it though) Also the boys have enjoyed the Liberty's Kids DVDS and Schoolhouse Rock America. (funny thing - the guy who put in our new water heater was called Patrick Henry - my boys thought it was funny!)

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Posted: Feb 04 2009 at 9:52pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

We had fun with lots of these books about George Washington last Fall. There are some readers and movies in there too.

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Posted: Feb 05 2009 at 12:20am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Here are some that we have read - I tried not to duplicate the ones on the Serendipty list or Suzanne's Washington list, but just one's that hadn't been mentioned.

Yankee Doodle America - a fun alphabet book

Sleds on Boston Common – Set in Boston during winter before the Revolutionary War. A fictional but entertaining account of young boys confronting the British soldiers about blocking their sled runs. Based on folklore of the Boston area.

These are two additional illustrated versions of the Longfellow poem:
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride - Engaging story of Paul Revere's ride. Gorgeous illustrations by Greg Harlin. Very vibrant with long narrow panoramas that run across both pages.
Paul Revere's Ride


Dangerous Crossing: The Revolutionary Voyage of John and John Quincy Adams

Samuel’s Choice

The Boston Tea Party

Let it Begin Here: Lexington & Concord

Some stories about girls and the ladies of the Revolutionary War:
Scarlet Stockings Spy (warning: sad, pre-read)

Sybil’s Night Ride

This Time, Tempe Wicke?

They Called Her Molly Pitcher

Katie’s Trunk

Phoebe the Spy

...and there is one other story we really enjoyed but I can't find it or remember the title. It's another spy/message story about a boy who's mother has him row into a cove at various times - British soldiers are there. He doesn't realize he is gathering information that is being sent on to Revolutionary soldiers. It's bugging me that I can't remember or find it - sound familiar to anyone???

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Posted: Feb 05 2009 at 12:25am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

MarilynW wrote:
I am in the midst of the Revolutionary War with my 9 year olds and my 5 year old. I have a whole list of picture books I can send you if you need any more (they may be under history on my blog).


Would love it if you posted it here, Marilyn - if you get a chance.

Oh, and I was going to add a couple more. They are really post Revolutionary War, but you might be interested.

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's Slave Finds Freedom

Duel: Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words

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Posted: Feb 05 2009 at 7:33am | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

Here is the history plan on my blog - Columbus to Civil War There is a google doc plan with week by week topics and a few sections on the Revolutionary war with books, movies etc.

I have made some changes - eg don't use the spines - and have added to my Inventors section (can post more later - doc appts all day)

My dh also took the children to the newly opened American History Museum in DC - really awesome.

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Posted: March 25 2009 at 12:01am | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

I just requested a whole bunch of books from lib from this list....THANK YOU !!! Some of them look SO GREAT!

And, I just spent WAY TOO MUCH time learning all about Dennis Brindell Fradin!!! That "Duel" book looks YUMMY!

On my off-days, I'm going to dream about what it would be like to be him.


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Posted: March 25 2009 at 10:24am | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

When Washington Crossed the Delaware is one that my boys loved.

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Posted: April 14 2009 at 11:52pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

From Mary's suggestions above, I have a few favorites that I feel compelled to report in about

**Duel is a GREAT book! This one has been going around the neighborhood.    All the dads say there are lots of things in that book that they didn't know! It's very well done.

**Pete and I both loved, loved, loved Let it Begin Here!!!!! and They Called Her Molly Pitcher!!!!

**Samuel's Choice is marvelous! I can't stop thinking about this story.

**The Escape of Oney Judge has lots of Rabbit Trail potential in the future!!!

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Posted: April 27 2009 at 12:51am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Another recent find for me is Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak. It's pre-revolution, but focused on the time immediately preceeding. Each page highlights a person with a specific colonial era occupation. That person shares a little about what they do and how they are a part of the unfolding events and politics of the revolution. End notes give more detail about each occupation of that time. It's really well done and we enjoyed it a lot.

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links to other helpful threads:

When Washington Crossed the Delaware

George Washington's Teeth

Tuttle's Red Barn

picture books about Boston?

Yankee Doodle America



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Posted: April 06 2010 at 9:55pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Marjorie wrote:
We just finished Toliver's Secret and Redcoats and Petticoats. Both books talk about how important using signals and hidden messages were in the Revolutionary war.


Kelly in FL wrote:
For Little Readers, my kids loved "What Thomas Jefferson Ate", "George VS. George" (George Washington vs. King George III), "Matchlock Gun" (Dutch colonial), "Alonso's War" (Spanish involvement in Am. Revolution), "Madeleine Takes Command" for Read Aloud, also "Savannah of Williamsburg: Being the Account of a Young London Squirrel".


Independence Day Reading

I QUIT!!! (American History)

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch!

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Posted: April 06 2010 at 9:58pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Ruth's blog post has several other titles.


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Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff

One of those little known stories from history - this one from the American Revolution. Tells the story of Christopher Ludwick, a German immigrant who baked for the Continental Army and also was responsible for some Hessian soldiers joining the colonist's side. Following the war he was known for his charity and efforts to aid the poor, especially children.

This is a fun book and the illustrations which look like gingerbread figures are quite unique. Includes a recipe for gingerbread.


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