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B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet Hardcover – April 20, 2009
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About the Author
Pat Bauer is a veteran teacher, who shares her passion for history, art, music and literature with her sixth grade students. It’s not unusual for her to appear in class in a 19th century costume, pass around artifacts for her students to touch, teach her students a song that has been around for centuries, direct them in acting out historical scenes or show herself in a video shooting a musket. History is filled with the most amazing stories, and that’s what she works to convey to her students. Pat and her husband, artist and children’s book illustrator, Dave Geister, worked for many years at Historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota as costumed historical interpreters. This is where she learned to bake bread on a hearth, churn butter, sew 19th century clothing and acquired many other historical skills that she continues to use in teaching and in her portrayal of various historic characters.
Pat is also passionate about using picture books to teach history, and frequently gives workshops on this topic. She and Dave are adjunct instructors for Hamline University, where they teach a course on using historic sites to teach Minnesota history.
“B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet” is Pat’s first published book, though she has been writing for many years. Collaborating on this book with her husband was a dream come true because they have both been fascinated with the Civil War since childhood and they love to work together. They live in Minneapolis, where their home is filled with paintings, music, books, family, friends, fresh bread, two cats and a wiener dog.
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Top Customer Reviews
Younger children will like the simple, beautiful verse of Bauer's "alphabet," which follows the pattern of Stephen Foster's period song, "Hard Times Come Again No More."
For older children and adult readers, Bauer has added a sidebar to each page, explaining in more depth the facts and concepts behind each letter's Civil War "word." Bauer explains to a child's understanding, but never talks down to her readers.
Each page is illustrated with the beautiful paintings of David Geister, capturing both the epic conflict of ideals, and the feelings and struggles of people on both sides. Geister's paintings are moving, inspirational and very, very human.
Geister's website, [...], offers a free music download of the verse sung to Foster's music, adding another dimension to a book already brimming with treasure.
This is the perfect book to introduce your children and students to the times and events that changed the course of American history.
The short poems and authentic pictures for each letter appeal to younger children, but what makes this book special is the sidebar text for each letter that provides background of interest to older children and adults. The added bonus of being able to sing the short verses to a simple melody (Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More"), makes this a great family reading-time book.
Pat Bauer, the book's author, is a teacher as well as an author. In her teaching, she uses poetry, music, costumes, picture books, and literature to engage her students in the study of American history. David Geister is an illustrator and historical artist whose paintings have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post, The Military Collector and Historian, and several issues of The History Channel Magazine. Together they have given us a wonderful way to make history interesting and enjoyable for young children. A valuable addition to any family or library's collection!
A is for Abraham Lincoln and his history of becoming the 16th president of the United States. H is for Hardtack, the soldiers each received 10 pieces of hardtack as part of heir daily rations. S is for Spies, Wild Rose was a lady who spied for the South. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.
My review about David Geister the illustrator
David Geister is a gifted and skillful historical artist. His paintings are very inspirational and human-like. David captures the facts and feelings of each story which shows in his paintings that helps brings each story to life.
The illustrations are vibrant, bold and beautiful with incredible attention to details which helps to bring the story to life. Every child and adults will find these books educational and engaging to read.
Great job David!
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the illustrator in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
The story is a montage of information about the Civil War era presented in poetry and in narrative forms and in the artwork of the illustrator. Both the author, Patricia Bauer (a grade school teacher) and the illustrator, David Geister (a local artist), have researched the Civil War period extensively because of their personal interest in it, and the alphabet book was a way of pulling together some of their information. They so much enjoy this period that Ms Bauer participates in the 19th century reenactments of it at Fort Snelling, where she presents period cooking. Both also participate in the Civil War era celebration presented at an historic house in Hastings, Minnesota, where he appears as a common Civil War soldier and she a lady of the period.
The book is delightful in its choices for each of the alphabet letters and is surprisingly sensitive in these choices to the pride of both the Northern and the Southern participants.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect alphabet book for students who are interested in the war between the states.Published 14 months ago by jdw
Beautifully illustrated book teaching kids and adults alike about the Civil War using the alphabet which I adore! David Geister's illustration work is amazing.Published 21 months ago by Megan Meuli
This is just what I was looking for to give my 8 year old nephew who is very interested in this period of "soldiers." Nicely balanced between North and South. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Pattie Kay