From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–Bobrick does an admirable job of describing the American Revolution in fewer than 100 pages, half of which are pictures. Each spread covers a separate topic, with a page of text and sidebar of "Quick Facts" facing a full-page illustration. Topics include origins of the conflict, individual battles, profiles of generals from both sides, the Continental Congresses, Loyalists, and the role of women. The illustrations, primarily reproductions of period prints or later paintings of the events described, include maps of two battles and a map of the Colonies showing the locations of all the battles mentioned in the text. This title compares favorably with Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon's The American Revolution
(Lerner, 2003) and Susan Provost Beller's The Revolutionary War
(Benchmark, 2001). Two minor quibbles: the caption for a painting identifies the recipient of John Burgoyne's surrender as George Washington, rather than Horatio Gates (though it is easy to see how that error was made given the rendering) and a sidebar that states that the Liberty Bell was last rung in 1846. It was last tolled then, but has been sounded many times since. In all, this title is an excellent choice for both general readers and report writers.–Elaine Fort Weischedel, Millbury Public Library, MA
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Gr. 5-8. Bobrick, author of Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution
(1997), now addresses a younger audience. In a series of double-page spreads, this large-format volume profiles significant individuals and discusses the progress of the Revolutionary War. Typically, the left-hand page carries several paragraphs of text, a sidebar of "Quick Facts," and a small illustration. On the facing page is a large picture related to the subject. Printed in color, most of the illustrations are period paintings and prints, though from a variety of periods. Students will find the book's presentations of battles useful, particularly those accompanied by large-scale maps showing terrain and troop movements. Though the book does not include notes, even for quotes, it has a glossary, a bibliography, and an annotated list of suggested Web sites as well as a time line on the endpapers. The highly illustrated format leaves little room for detailed discussion, but students will find the book a well-organized and clearly written introduction to the war. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved