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Patriots in Petticoats: Heroines of the American Revolution (Landmark Books) Hardcover – January 27, 2004

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7-Short biographical sketches present the stories of 24 women who fought in different ways for America's freedom during the Revolutionary War. The biographies of these "Daughters of Liberty" are arranged in eight sections, illustrating contributions ranging from literary support of the cause (e.g., Phillis Wheatley and Mary Katharine Goddard) to those who fought on the battlefield (e.g., Deborah Samson and Margaret Cochran Corbin). Black-and-white reproductions, commemorative statues, and period weapons illustrate the text. Boxed paragraphs providing interesting background information (descriptions of petticoats, liberty spinning bees, samplers, and the use of leeches) are interspersed throughout the book. The writing style is simple and the sentences are short, with vocabulary appropriate for the intended audience as well as for reluctant readers. Libraries looking for curriculum support may want to consider this title to complement Karen Zeinert's Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution (Millbrook, 1996), Mary Furbee's Women of the American Revolution (Lucent, 1999), and Louise Slavicek's Women of the American Revolution (Lucent, 2002).-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
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Gr. 3-5. This volume in the Landmark Books series celebrates the contributions of women to the patriot cause during the American Revolution. Redmond spotlights 24 individuals who served through their writing, sewing, nursing, fighting, and spying. Along with familiar names such as Betsy Ross and Deborah Samson, Redmond introduces relatively unknown figures--among them, Mammy Kate, a slave who entered the British fort where her owner was held prisoner and smuggled him out hidden in her laundry basket. The many illustrations, not seen in final form, include reproductions of period paintings, prints, and drawings as well as photos of sites and artifacts. A colorful author's note, a source bibliography, and a brief time line are appended. Though each entry is only a few pages long, the book provides interesting sidelights on the period. Good supplemental material on the Revolution. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Landmark Books
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375823573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375823572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley Raye Redmond is the author of several "sweet" romance novels and dozens of children's books. Many of her titles have won both national and regional awards. She is a member of numerous writing organizations, including Women Writing the West, Southwest Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her family in New Mexico.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There were many brave women who fought in the American Revolution, and Patriots In Petticoats profiles some of them ranging from Martha Bell (who spied on the British), to former slave Phyllis Wheatley who wrote passionate inspirational revolutionary words. Twenty-four heroic women are profiled in this exciting coverage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Me the Geonut on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Students of American History will find the researched tales here chock-full with true stories of how women made a difference in the struggle for independence. Great way to involve those who think the history of war is only about the 'boys, blood or battles'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
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This is an excellent chapter-book level primer about many of the famous and less-well known heroines of the American Revolution, including flambuoyant characters such as Deborah Sampson, as well as others whose contributions may be familiar from older histories that included them as peripheral characters. Each profile is short and to the point - maybe two or three pages, with large text and narrow margins, but they are all action-packed and evocative. If you want to give a little gender balance to your history lessons, this is a great introductory text. Recommended! (ReadThatAgain childrens' book reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne C. Spencer on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Forgotten in the dust of history are the women who fought, who financed and who fanned the flames of war and independence but were forgotten in the male-dominated history books. Reading level is about fourth grade, great graphics, text is engaging and stories are short. Although the text is somewhat "bloodless" this title is bound to get some readers excited about finding out more about these ladies.
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