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Ben and his friends excitedly rush out of their classroom to bear witness, and follow the throngs of redcoats marching out of Boston toward Concord. Much to Ben's surprise, Boston is sealed off later that day---leaving the boys stuck outside the city, in the middle of a war, with no way to reach their families. But Ben isn't worried---he's eager to help the Patriots! He soon becomes a clerk to the jovial Israel Putnam, a general in the provincial army.
For months he watches the militia grow into an organized army, and when the Battle of Bunker Hill erupts, Ben is awed by the bravery of the Patriots, although saddened by the toll war takes. He later goes on to become an apprentice at a Revolutionary newspaper, and it's a happy day when they get to report on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Recommended for ages 7 to 9 years.
|Title: Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill|
By: Nathaniel Philbrick
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 7.00 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW166740
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Benjamin Russell is in school on the morning of April 19th, 1775, when his teacher announces, "The wars begun, and you may run!" Ben knew this day was coming; after all, tensions had been mounting between the colonists and the British troops ever since the Boston Tea Party. And now they have finally reached the breaking point. Ben and his friends excitedly rush out of their classroom to bear witness, and follow the throngs of redcoats marching out of Boston toward Concord. Much to Bens surprise, Boston is sealed off later that dayleaving the boys stuck outside the city, in the middle of a war, with no way to reach their families. But Ben isnt worriedhes eager to help the Patriots! He soon becomes a clerk to the jovial Israel Putnam, a general in the provincial army. For months he watches the militia grow into an organized army, and when the Battle of Bunker Hill erupts, Ben is awed by the bravery of the Patriots, although saddened by the toll war takes. He later goes on to become an apprentice at a Revolutionary newspaper, and its a happy day when they get to report on the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Praise for Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
"Philbrick guides us beautifully through Revolutionary Boston, with the Battle of Bunker Hill as his storys grand climax."The New York Times Book Review
"Masterly narrative . . . Philbrick tells the complex story superbly . . . gripping book."The Wall Street Journal
"A masterpiece of narrative and perspective. . . . This is not only . . . the greatest American story. It is also the American story."The Boston Globe
"You will delight in the story and the multitude of details Philbrick offers up."USA Today
Wendell Minor (www.minorart.com)s popular picture books include Daylight Starlight Wildlife, My Farm Friends, How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?, The Buffalo Are Back (by Jean Craighead George), and Look to the Stars (by Buzz Aldrin). His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the US Coast Guard, and NASA, and he had a major retrospective, Wendell Minors America, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in 2014. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.
"Acclaimed historian Philbrick (Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War) has penned a Revolution-era history for kids adapted from his adult title Bunker Hill. . . . Philbrick adds nuance to the tale through, for instance, Bens mixed sentiments about the excitement of revolution and the kindness shown to him by a local British officer. . . . The full-color illustrations are full of bright hues, resulting in pleasing grassy fields, morning light flashing off harbor waters, and brilliantly clad Redcoats. Minor depicts the battlefield with motion and smoky haze, yet free of carnage. A convenient map displays the Boston locales referenced. . . . A stirring account of the American Revolution, sure to resonate with elementary students."School Library Journal
"Philbricks episodic narration and Minors realistic, engaging paintings combine to depict Bens experiences. . . . Younger advanced readers and budding history buffs will enjoy this account of Benjamin Russells youthful exploits."Booklist
"In one-to-two page chapters, interspersed with Minors luxuriant gouache and watercolor illustrations, Philbrick skillfully summarizes the events . . . and effectively contrasts printer Isaiah Thomass patriotic fervor with Bens boyish preoccupations. . . . Recreates the tension of the hard-fought Battle of Bunker Hill, as seen through Bens eyes, and provides a satisfying reunion with his family. . . . Succinct, dramatic narrative."Publishers Weekly
"Seeing historical events through the eyes of youngsters who were living through them can provide new understandings for todays youth. . . . The paintings capture the time period and the map helps to place the important locations in perspective."School Library Connection
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