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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written and illustrated, November 15, 2004
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This review is from: When Washington Crossed the Delaware (Hardcover)
"It was November 1776, a time of trouble for our young country"...so starts this lovely picture book, that is educational, inspiring, and has a marvelous layout to appreciate the paintings by Peter M. Fiore, a multi-award winning artist whose brushwork is bold, with a sense of movement and expressiveness in his impressionistic style. This is work that will be liked by all ages, and though most of the colors are in "winter hues", many of them, when lit by candlelight or a fire light, have a brilliance to them, with splashes of red.

Mrs. Cheney has a talent for distilling history into small, memorable sections; her phrases are succinct and beautifully worded, and though much of this story is one of struggle and survival in harsh weather, the feeling is one of courage and determination, and an abiding patriotism.

The square format has a painting that covers 1 ½ pages, and a quote from the Revolutionary War period and Mrs. Cheney's narration covering ½ a page.

The paper is good quality with a nice shine to it, and there is a page of the sources for the information used in the story.

The inside of the cover has a map for Washington's Crossing, the Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Princeton.

I would have loved this book as a child, having always had a "serious side"; it is an ideal gift for a youngster who is thoughtful and has an interest in history.
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Alejandra Vernon
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Location: Granada, Nicaragua

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