Washington at Valley Forge

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Holiday House, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 100 pages
Newbery Award-winning author Russell Freedman offers up this 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 Amrican victory belonged to the soldiers who had braved the horrific conditions at Valley Forge.

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User Review  - ALGuerra - LibraryThing

Great book to learn about Washington at Valley Forge and the difficulties he and his soldiers went through and how they persevered through it. It is an easy read and the book provides illustrations ... Read full review

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User Review  - hcurrey - LibraryThing

Freedman does a great job of writing in a way accessible to younger historians. One aspect of this book I found a bit disappointing was the lack of primary illustrations of the Valley Forge winter. Most were romanticized interpretations rendered well after the fact. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Russell Freedman (1929-2018) transformed non-fiction for children through his insightful narrative, comprehensive research, careful selection of photographs, and deep understanding of his subject matter. He was well known for his riveting biographies and masterful accounts of the history of the United States. One of the most honored writers for children, his many awards include the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and a National Humanities Medal. Major works include Freedom Walkers; Lincoln: A Photobiography; Because They Marched; The Wright Brothers: How They Invented The Airplane; Vietnam: A History of the War.

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