The Revolutionary War and Picture Books

This is a section of a sample chapter from In Times Past: An Encyclopedia for Integrating US History with Literature in Grades 3-8 by Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Otis (Order from SRA/McGraw-Hill, 1993. ISBN 0-7829-0155-7)

Section 2: Picture Books

Gauch, Patricia Lee. This Time, Tempe Wick? Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-698-20300-3.
Based on legend, this is the story of a young girl who hid her horse from the Continental army by hiding it in her bedroom for three days.

Turner, Ann. Katie's Trunk. Illustrated by Ron Himler. Macmillan, 1992. ISBN 0-02-789512-2.
There aren't many picture books about the Revolution, but this is an especially good one. Katie's Tory family lives in fear of harassment by the rebels. They have been subjected to taunts and isolation already. When a group of rebels comes to Katie's home, intent on robbing and trashing, Katie hides in a trunk. One rebel neighbor, finding her in the trunk, distracts his rebel friends and leaves her undisturbed and unhurt. The point, of course, is that there was real human kindness on both sides.

Gauch, Patricia Lee. Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys. Illustrated by Margot Tomes. Shoe Tree Press, 1972. ISBN 1-55870-220-2.
After taking over Fort Ticonderoga in 1777, British soldiers marched on Bennington, Vermont, intent on seizing supplies stored there. The Green Mountain boys, stretched to the limit of capacity, were summoned quickly. While they were there, they had to be fed and housed. This is the story of one boy and what he might or might not have done to help the situation.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere's Ride. Illustrated by Ted Rand. Dutton, 1990. ISBN 0-525-44610-9.
Longfellow might have taken some liberties with fact in his epic poem about the ride, but it makes a fine picture book with Ted Rand's illustrations of moonlit landscapes and lamplit street scenes that reflect the atmosphere of the time.


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