From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6 - Watercolor illustrations, maps, and reproductions assist in telling the story of the black slaves who fought in the Battle of Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Presented in a picture-book format, the narrative includes detailed descriptions of the events leading up to the formation of the Black Regiment and the role these soldiers played in the war. Relevant information about the history of slavery is also presented. Brennan concludes that the bravery of these men aided in the abolishment of slavery in America ("Their shining example proved that all men deserve to be free."). Large, action-packed paintings show the troops in action and provide a glimpse into the past. Sidebars support the text with additional information. A helpful glossary, a list of suggested reading, and places to visit are appended. - Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ
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Gr. 4-6. By now most Americans' mental image of Civil War battlefields has been revised to include black faces, but the same isn't yet true when it comes to the Revolutionary War. Brennan attempts to remedy this by introducing young readers to Rhode Island's "Black Regiment," made up primarily of slaves who fought not only for American independence but also for their own freedom--as promised by a state legislature desperate to shore up exhausted troops. The book's 32 pages and large, somewhat stiff watercolor illustrations suggest a target audience of early-elementary readers, but the type size is surprisingly tiny and the text quite lengthy. Book-talking may be necessary to get this into the hands of readers best equipped to handle it. Maps and sidebars lend added clarity to the main narrative; source notes would have made this obviously well-researched volume an even more valueable addition to the history shelves. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved