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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Crossing
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439691869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439691864
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-9–Murphy lays out the stakes in this well-known story immediately: the fate of the revolution and the country itself rested with the man chosen to lead the Continental Army. He centers the story on Washington, arguing that the early battles in and around New York and New Jersey transformed him from an inexperienced if well-respected military leader into a formidable commander and strategist. Whereas purely chronological histories drag readers' attention from one theater of war to another, Murphy concentrates on the troops directly under Washington's command in the events leading up to the battles of Trenton and Princeton, so that each step or misstep is as riveting as if readers were following at the heels of “the old fox.” When the tide turns in the Patriots' favor, it is with a sense of relief rather than as a fait accompli. Illustrations include reproductions of portraits and several good, clear maps showing battlefields and troop movements. An especially effective spread of Washington Crossing the Delaware is followed by an analysis of the artist's theme of America's diverse people fighting for freedom against all odds. The time line and index are thorough, and the list of websites is comprehensive. Notes and sources, instead of listed chapter by chapter, are listed “in order of importance.” A first purchase, even if your American Revolution shelves are packed.–Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Leutze’s familiar painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, graces the cover of Murphy’s latest book, but the story begins before that dramatic event, when the Second Continental Congress appoints Washington to lead the army in June 1775. Profoundly aware of his personal limitations as a commander, Washington struggles to turn his initially unruly officers and troops into a well-disciplined fighting force before the formidable British army brings the war—and the young country—to an untimely end. Focusing on the Continental army’s progress from Washington’s appointment through the Battle of Princeton in January 1777, this book recounts military events, setbacks, and successes as the tide of the war slowly began to turn. Printed in relatively large type with wide-spaced lines, the text is clearly written and makes very good use of quotes. Text and illustrations, including maps and reproductions of period paintings and documents, are printed in shades of brown. Though sources are not provided for individual quotes, the excellent back matter includes a discussion of Leutze’s iconic painting, a time line of the Revolution, a list of Internet sites, and a lengthy partial list of books consulted. Murphy offers a refreshingly frank, vivid, well-researched account of a pivotal time in American history. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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This book was the preferred gift for Dads in our family.
BOBBI ABRAMSON
The American army was truly the underdog in this war with the British and it makes you understand the significant odds that Washington was up against.
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Collections seeking a fine, well-detailed and illustrated introduction that provides a 'you are there' atmosphere will find this a perfect pick.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jim Murphy's THE CROSSING: HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION offers nearly a hundred pages of detail and is perfect for grades 4-6, covering a pivotal time in the American Revolution and pairing lovely maps and drawings with lively facts about George Washington's achievement. Collections seeking a fine, well-detailed and illustrated introduction that provides a 'you are there' atmosphere will find this a perfect pick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of history and I really enjoyed Jim Murphy's easy to read, reader friendly book. Packed with a variety of history depicting George Washington's successes and failures during his rein as one of our greatest leaders during the American Revolution.

Though I've read these historical accounts numerous times, I really admire the way Jim Murphy showed General Washington's choices he made during the various wars that plagued our country after our Independence Day on July 4th, 1776. I liked being able to see and understand why Washington made the choices he did and seeing how they impacted each fight. It's still amazing to me how George Washington and his often times run down armies stood bravely at the fore fronts of opposition and won.

The Crossing is a fabulous book for any fan of history. It's a book that focuses on a few different aspects of the war, but gives great insights into George Washington's strategy. I think this is a fantastic book for not only teachers, but to have at home.
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The maps and pictures contributed so much to the telling of this pivotal Revolutionary War battle. They brought it to life for me. This is a book I will pass on to others.
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By Andrea Nicole Young on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 7 year old son is a George Washington fanatic and this is by far the best book about Washington that we've read. We first read it when my son was 6,and granted, the 3 year old bailed after the first three pages, but the 5, 6, and 8 year olds were riveted. In fact, we were going to read one chapter a night, but we read the last three chapters in one sitting because none of us wanted to stop. It is that good.
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Jim Murphy began his career in children's books as an editor, but managed to escape to become a writer, entering a life of personal and creative happiness and enduring financial uncertainty. He's convinced that the latter keeps him coming back to his computer to write every day and feels that a sense of impending doom is the doorway to creativity. He has never counted the number of books he's published (feeling the time and energy is better spent doing research and writing) but guesses that he has over thirty books to his credit. Jim's work has been honored with numerous awards, including two American Llibrary Association Newbery Honor Book Awards, an ALA Robert F. Sibert Award and Sibert Honor Book Award, three National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Awards, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and a BG/HB Honor Book Award, two SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, and been a finalist for the National Book Award. Recently, he was given the ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award for "his significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature."

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