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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved