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Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington Paperback – September 1, 2013
“Johnny Raw”). He ‘stumbles’ into General Howe’s camp “looking for the mill” his
father has sent him in search of. In reality, he is assessing the strength and numbers
of the British and their Hessian (German) allies. After he is sent on his way by the
unsuspecting English, he reports this to General Washington and his staff. This
information proves key in what became known as the Battle of White Plains.
About the Author
local historical society published a novel about the first family to live in her 1850
farmhouse. This is her first picture book.
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Ariel completes this task and returns a hero having provided helpful information for General Washington and his troops.
This book seems like it would be good for readers a level above beginner. There are not that many illustrations, so it might not keep the attention of a younger crowd, but the illustrations that are there are well done.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
I won't go into details, as I'd love to have you buy the book, but Bradley manages to bring back pertinent information to Washington. He also proved how a young child can help adults.
I loved reading the book as it was interesting and the colorful illustrations by artist Joe Rossi did much to tell the tale.
Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
Said to be based on a true story, and in a general sense it is plausible; the best spy is the one who doesn’t know he’s a spy. Since it’s a children’s book, it’s relatively simplistic. For example, for German soldiers those Hessians were really polite, or maybe because they were only in it for the money they just didn’t care, because the British were a lot more suspicious. To me the most sympathetic character was the poor old horse, though his love of cobbler does humanize Ariel to the point where I was rooting for him, American or not.
There’s some drawings, though there’s no intent to make the figures lifelike; in fact they kinda reminded me of the caricatures artists draw at fairs, except for the horse, who is as realistic as can be right down to the giant teeth; long of tooth indeed. . .
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
The illustrations have an old-fashioned feel to them in both the color and the art. The oranges and browns give the illustrations a rustic look of the past. General Howe looks stern with his squinty eyes and with brows that turn toward his nose at a steep angle. In contrast, General Washington looks stately in his bluish coat. His open eyes are guarded by softly laying brows. Washington’s red nose looks cold, as does Ariel’s. Ariel’s green eyes, red and swollen from tears and old Salt’s limping, groaning, and coughing make them both look helpless and lost—the perfect Johnny Raw.
I cannot image walking 70 miles across fields, and who knows what else, to get from one town to another, but this is what Ariel and his two older brothers did. It took them four days to walk from home to General Washington’s small house on Chatterton Hill. Though short, the story of a young boy’s journey for one of this country’s largest and most powerful men is intriguing. I hated history in school. Had I used texts with stories like this in them, American history might have been more interested.
Teachers, take a look at Ariel Bradley, a Spy for General Washington, your students will find history more interesting after reading this story of a courageous nine-year-old boy. Reluctant readers will enjoy this nine chapter story, based on a true event. In the back is a glossary of the terms used in 1776 and a little more about the real Ariel Bradley.
Vanita Books are known for their philanthropy. The net profits from Ariel Bradley, a Spy for General Washington will be donated to Fisher House. Fisher House is a not-for-profit organization that builds "comfort homes" near campuses of major military hospitals and VA hospitals. These homes help families remain near their injured loved one--an American War Hero--by giving them a free place to live.
This is a quick read and would be worthy reading material for any young lover of history or for those studying about the Revolutionary War period.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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