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Let It Begin Here!: April 19, 1775: The Day the American Revolution Began (Actual Times) [Kindle Edition]

Don Brown
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Book Description

A nonfiction master brings the start of the American Revolution to life.
A 26-year-old King George II found himself in financial turmoil after crushing the French, Austrians, and Spanish in battle. Luckily money was no object since he could easily get it back by raising taxes on his American colonies...but what King George didn't realize was the colonies were beginning to have a mind of their own and had started to set their sights on freedom. The cast of characters includes those we know--the famous silversmith, turned messenger, Paul Revere--and many we haven't heard of like "Flinty Whittemore," a 78-year-old who fought off the British with a musket, two pistols, a sword, was bayoneted 14 times and still lived another 18 years to brag about it. Detailed, yet accessible, Don Brown's award winning nonfiction style brilliantly comes to life in this fascinating account of the start of the American Revolution.
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 3–5—This attractive picture book opens with an introduction to the causes of the American Revolution. George III and his advisors looked for a way to relieve the monarch's war debt and decided to impose taxes on the American colonies. The colonists rebelled, but the real action started with Paul Revere's midnight ride and the "shot heard round the world," which plays out with a combination of accessible narrative and bloody realism in Brown's vivid, appealing watercolors. The central figures are sketched with interesting details: British Major Pitcairn bragged that "the whole banditti of Massachusetts will run away" if he showed them his sword, and American Captain Parker was "dying of tuberculosis." After the colonists' defeat at Lexington Green, the British marched to Concord and were beaten by a larger militia. An endnote describes the outcome of the war and the fates of the major players, including the King who "passed his last years raving mad and chained to a chair." Brown keeps the information flowing easily while getting the salient points across. His version is different enough from Dennis Brindell Fradin's book of the same name (Walker, 2005) for the two to exist peacefully together on the shelf.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
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*Starred Review* Brown distills the fairly complex story of the beginning of the American Revolution in a manner that deftly balances information and intrigue. He breezes through some of the underlying issues that led up to the conflict on both sides of the pond with economical precision (“King George and his advisors decided to lighten the burden on his empire by lightening the pocketbooks of the Americans”) that highlights the history in a way that is neither too dense to be approachable, nor too simplified to be helpful. He then goes into a blow-by-blow account of the first day of fighting, following the many skirmishes that broke out around the colonies and liberally applying quotes from various officers and regulars alike. Equally impressive and vital to the success of this picture book are Brown’s compositions that sometimes dramatically, sometimes whimsically intersect with the text, featuring sophisticated foreground and perspective shifts that pit Americans on one side of a spread against British on the other, bullets zipping across the fold. A bibliography, but unfortunately no source notes for the abundant quotes, concludes this rousing, accessible, and splendidly executed account of the opening salvos in our country’s fight for independence. Grades 2-4. --Ian Chipman

Product Details

  • File Size: 12120 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BSXX4UQ
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A27E67O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly violent picture book November 17, 2011
This is a picture book for your OLDER children. For all ages, try "Let it Begin Here!" by Dennis B. Fradin.

The illustrations are simply marvelous in this book -- we are fans of Don Brown's work. His sketches and watercolors offer such up-close visuals of each scene. Tremendous illustrator.

So, while bigger children will get a LOT out of this book, this violent visuals are way too much for my littler children (I have boys with ages ranging all the way down to 6 years old). Little kids may be ok with "pretend" war... One thing about Star Wars is, no one ever bleeds. They just fall over.

Younger children are unprepared for battle scene descriptions where, for example, a man is shot in the chest and crawls to his own doorstep to die before the eyes of his wife and son. Where wounded patriots are bayonetted to death -- or not death!

This book tells (and shows) the story of an elderly man, Samuel Whittemore, whose face was shot half off, and who suffered 14 bayonet wounds. Yet he survived another 18 years.

As the soldiers face off on Lexington Green, and the mystery pistol is fired, a shot is shown going straight through a patriot and out the other side, along with a splurt of red blood.

This book tells of (and shows) an American attacking a wounded Redcoat with a hatchet, splitting the man's skull. You get musket balls flying and wounding Redcoats, blood spurting and bodies contorting.

For an older child, this is wonderful history. For a younger child, this is ghastly stuff. Parents know what is best for their children -- use caution!

For all ages of children, I recommend the picture book "Let it Begin Here" by Dennis B. Fradin about the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let It Begin Here! March 25, 2014
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Love the book and so did the children that read it. Will give to the local library as a gift.
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Young King George III found himself in a bit of a financial predicament after the Seven Years' War and decided that one of the best ways to raise some ready cash would be to tax Britain's American colonies. Taxes on things like "cloth, sugar, almanacs, newspapers and tea" sounded very reasonable to him, but to the colonists it was an abomination. By 1775 both countries were at odds with one another and things, needless to say, got a bit chilly between the two. Very chilly indeed as they "prepared for war."

British General Thomas Gage decided he needed to be a bit closer to the action and moved to Boston to quell the actions and rebellion of the "most quarrelsome colonists." They dumped tea into the Atlantic in what is now known as The Boston Tea Party and the while the colonies celebrated the "king was considerably less amused." Gage had to disarm them and when his troops stole a large supply of gunpowder the Yankees went crazy. Many young historians already know about Paul Revere's famous warning ride warning that the British were coming to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock, but what happened after that? Captain John Parker stood his ground and told his men not to fire. "Huzza! Huzza! Huzza!" A shot rang out and the war began.

I enjoy this type of history because it isn't bogged down in a great deal of detail, yet subtly tells a great deal in the story line. There are many interesting details in the book I never knew about, but found very fascinating as will the young reader. The book is very liberally illustrated and adds a lot to the story. History in a narrative format is an easy way to prod the reluctant reader into enjoying history and will often prompt the confident reader into a lifetime passion for historical nonfiction. This is a wonderful book that will engage and hook many young history buffs! Who do you think killed Captain Parker?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent military history for children March 17, 2010
If you are searching for military history for children, this is an excellent choice. The text and illustrations capture the stress, emotions, grit and a bit of the gore of April 19, 1775 as well as the events leading up to that day and an excellent summary of what came later.
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