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Caesar Rodney's Ride: The Story of an American Patriot Hardcover – September 1, 2004

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Grade 3-6–Rodney, one of Delaware's representatives to the Second Continental Congress, who suffered from asthma and a cancer that was slowly destroying his face, made a grueling 80-mile carriage and horseback ride to cast his crucial vote for independence. Beginning with a period map of the Philadelphia area, this book discusses his torturous journey and the significance of his vote. Unfortunately, few facts about Rodney's life are presented, aside from a description of his cancerous wound and the surgery he underwent. The main text and sidebars tell about some events leading to the Revolutionary War, with an emphasis on the colonists' objections to the various taxes imposed by England. The detailed, muted-tone watercolor paintings are descriptive of the clothing and furniture of the period, but the blank stares on many of the faces are somewhat disconcerting. This title is interesting for its focus on the heroism, tenacity, and self-sacrifice of one of America's founders, but its narrow scope and lack of biographical detail limit its usefulness for reports as well as for general reading. Dennis Brindell Fradin's The Signers (Walker, 2002), which gives personal data for each Declaration signer as well as general background and salient anecdotes, is a more worthwhile purchase.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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About the Author

Jan Cheripko is the author of the award-winning novels Imitate the Tiger and Rat, which received a Carolyn Field Honor Award, and IRA Children's Choice Award, and a New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age. He lives in Bethany, Pennsylvania.

Gary Lippincott has illustrated a number of books, including The Bookstore Mouse by Peggy Christian, and With Love, at Christmas by Mem Fox. He lives in Spencer, Massachusetts.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590780655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590780657
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are surely many heroes in our America's history. Caesar Rodney, though perhaps little known, is remarkable for his tenacity and courage.
It was 1776. A vote was taking place in Philadelphia that would determine America's future: delegates to the Second Continental congress were soon to cast votes for or against independence. Against meant safety but continued unfair taxation imposed by King George; for meant war, long, bloody war.
One delegate, Rodney, was not there. He received a letter from a friend, a fellow Delaware delegate, asking him to come to Philadelphia. That was 80 miles away. Rodney was already handicapped, battling asthma and cancer. Nonetheless he climbed into his carriage and started for Philadelphia. It was July and the heat was oppressive, especially so for Rodney who kept half of his face covered by a green scarf to mask the open surgical wound left by the removal of a cancerous portion of his face.
Later in his journey, switching to horseback Rodney rode through violent weather, reaching Philadelphia on July 2. He was there to cast his vote, saying, "As I believe the voice of my constituents and of all sensible and honest men is in favor of independence, my own judgment concurs with them. I vote for independence."
Author Cheripko has penned a moving true story of one man's valor complete with suggested readings and sources. While this is listed as a children's book, I'd certainly recommend it for older readers. In addition, it will mean more to those who have a background in American history. A lively family dinner table topic!
- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GETIEUP on November 13, 2012
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The class was most surprized when my son did his report, whit comments OMG the Ceacer Rodney book. Yea he received a 90 so his project ROCKED.
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