Washington at Valley Forge
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Washington at Valley Forge

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Newbery Award-winning author Russell Freedman offers up this powerful account of the survival of American soldiers while camped at Valley Forge during a crucial period in the American Revolution. George Washington's army almost perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, about 20 miles from Philadelphia, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship becaus...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Holiday House
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Lynn
Freedman does the wonderful job I always expect of him in this thoughtful examination of how Washington remade his tattered army at Valley Forge. First he paints a sobering picture of the desperate shape of the men and the horrifying condition of the camp at the start of the winter. Then he goes on to detail the revitalization of that army as Washington systematically addressed the many problems from smoke filled cabins to supply chains to political enemies. Washington recruited skilled help, as...more
Cindy
And to think that I am cold in my house with the heat kept low. I'd never have made it at Valley Forge with no boots and tattered clothing and drafty tent shelters! Freedman is a master and this book is as well researched and well written as his others. The primary source quotes and the interesting details he weaves into his narratives make his nonfiction so notable. Another easy book to share in middle school booktalks but I'd buy this for elementary and high school collections too.
Elaine
A brief, but informative book about why Washington was at Valley Forge and the conditions there.
From page 82-83:
"Sergeant John Gibbs of New Hampshire spoke for his fellow enlisted men when he wrote: 'It is verry [sic] remarkable that our Troops amidst all their Hardship which the Suffer Still keep a Steady Solid Fortitude of Mind.'
What accounts for such uncommon patience and fortitude? Hessian Major Carl Baurmeister, who fought against the rebels, was convinced that the American army was kept...more
Ruth-Anne
In the cold winter of 1777, newly appointed General George Washington selects Valley Forge as the army’s encampment for the next six months. The men lack food, blankets, and even clothing. Washington faces the difficulties of obtaining supplies for the army, training his rag tag men for battle, and keeping his position from jealous American officers who attempt to slander him. Not only does Washington keep his tattered, starving army alive, but he sees to it that they become skilled militia men....more
Erin
Washington at Valley Forge tells the detailed account of General George Washington’s Continental army and their brutal winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge near British occupied Philadelphia. At the time Washington’s army arrived at Valley Forge, all were starving, weak, wore tattered, insufficient clothing, and many no longer had shoes on their frozen, bleeding feet. Against all odds, the army built shelters, reorganized their supplies systems, and became professionally trained soldiers for the...more
Samantha Meyer
Summary
Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman is the story of George Washington and his troops at a pivotal part of the Revolutionary War. The troops had just spent a freezing winter in Valley Forge with little or no clothing, shelter and food. The book gives a history of the whole war and includes quotes and pictures throughout the story. We learn about three men in the army and their lives which helps draw you into the story.
Critique
This book serves to teach about George Washington and...more
Catherine Woodman
Do not be fooled by the location of this book in the children's section--it is not aimed at kids. It is a 100 page book that chronicles the pivotal point in the Revolutionary War, the time that Washington spent in Valley Forge mid-war, where he spent 6 months rebuilding his troops strength, clothing them, feeding them, and not allowing their morale to sag to what would have been appropriate lows. The war was quite losable at that point, and faith in him was not high, nor was Congress all that fu...more
Karen Ball
This is the story of the winter of 1777-78, when the ragtag Continental Army camped outside Philadelphia at Valley Forge. It was six critical months of the Revolutionary War, when everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong: the supply lines had broken down and the Army wasn't getting food, clothing or blankets, the soldiers' pay wasn't arriving on time, the men were falling ill and literally starving, and Congress was busy blaming General Washington. Washington couldn't respond, bec...more
Ms. Patterson
WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE tells the story of how the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge. Descriptions of the horrible living conditions, freezing temperatures, starvation, and disease faced by all who spent the winter there gives the reader a better understanding of the difficulties overcome by Washington and his men. Just about every page features an illustration to compliment the text, while not overpowering it.

As typically found with any book by Russell Freedman,...more
Annette
Russell Freedman is one of my favorite nonfiction authors for young people. He has won many children's book awards for his ability to balance easy-to-read text with engaging illustrations to tell the captivating stories from American history. In Washington at Valley Forge, Freedman provides a powerful account of the Winter of 1777-78. In addition to telling the story of Valley Forge during the encampment, the book also provides an overview of the events before and after the famous winter encampm...more
Stefani
A "children's book" with substance.

My daughter has to do a report on Washington's contribution to the Revolutionary War. This book is perfect. Not only does it cover Valley Forge (the turning point for the Continental Army), but it talks a bit about what was happening leading up to this winter encampment up through the resolution of the war. She actually hasn't read it yet; I started skimming it to see if it would work, and I was so interested in it, I just read it myself. (We will read it toget...more
Charlou Lunsford
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It's hard for me to rate this star wise for many reasons. I read it to see what it was all about and to add to my knowledge of nonfiction for work related reasons. It was well done with lots of facts, quotes and pictures reminding me I knew so little about this event in our history and I thought all I needed to know was Washington and his troops survived a horrible winter at Valley Forge. Not so. That being said, nonfiction, and especially historical nonfiction is not my thing. This would be a g...more
Kate Hastings
Grades 5-9. Nice snapshot of George Washington and his troops at Valley Forge. Had no idea how young his commanders were-- Lafayette a mere 27(??) years and Alexander Hamilton was 22! The conditions at Valley Forge were so horrible-- I never realized how many men died and how small the army was during the winter of 1777-1778. If British Troops had known... the war could have been over and we might all still be subjects of the crown! As usual, Russell Freedman has compiled excellent first-hand ac...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This often-told tale of the turning point in the American Revolutionary War is made exciting, dramatic, vivid, and incredibly clear and personable at Freedman's able hand. I love how he wove many quotes from the time, by the people who were there and then, into a cohesive narrative. Many of the illustrations have captions that ask the readers to pay attention to the significances of details and even to challenge some of the inaccuracies in some of them. Although I knew the outcome of the events,...more
Sara
I purchased this book from Scholastic, thinking it was a lower level book on Valley Forge. I was so wrong! This book has a great depth of information. It also features a plethora of historical images including pictures from Harper's magazine and paintings by Currier and Ives, Gilbert, and more!

I am slightly confused as to who the audience of the book was intended for. There is a great amount of written text in a picture book format. I found it very informative, but question the attention span of...more
Somona
Author: Russell Freedman
Publisher: Holiday House
Genre: Information Book
Summary: This book is about the six months (December 19, 1777-June 19, 1778) in which Washington’s army camped at Valley Forge. Paintings and sketches accompany the information. The book also has a table of contents and index to make it easier to find information.
Response: I think this book provides a lot of information and is very organized.
Theme, Concept, Connection: Revolutionary war, George Washington, Valley Forge
Heloyce
Russell Freedman has written another winner. The struggle at Valley Forge is an epic of courage and survival. When I read earlier accounts of that winter of 1777-78, I wondered how we ever won that brutal war. Freedman's accounts confirm what I had read before. Those six months were a turning point for this new country. We succeeded because of heroic individuals including
courageous leaders but also common everyday soldiers with uncommon loyalty and purpose.
Kristi
This book tells an amazing story of George Washington's rise to leadership and great leadership abilities he possessed during the Revolutionary War, particularly during the battle at Valley Forge. There is great detail into this famous battle, the life of George Washington around that time, and of the way people suffered in order to obtain freedom. The book also includes amazing illustrations of people and places during the Revolutionary War time.
Shannon Grieshaber
I love Russell Freedman's books. Man, can this guy write a conclusion. The Revolutionary War/Colonial time period is my fave so I've wanted to read this since it was published in 2008. I love that it's been years since I've read Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains and Forge and mostly what I thought of while reading Washington at Valley Forge were scenes from these two books. Pretty cool.
Lori
Wonderful basic and personable history of Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Freedman artfully weaves quotes from first hand accounts and primary source material into a descriptive and interesting narrative with his comprehensive book on the subject. Also contains beautiful period illustrations, maps, Revolutionary timeline, quote and source list, bibliography and more.
Laura Sims
This is a non-fiction picture book about the survival of General George Washington and his troops during the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The story is presented well with personal accounts and vivid imagery which is supplemented with wonderful illustrations. Easy to read and follow in a narrative style that is engaging and well-written.
Kendra
Well done, as are most of Freedman's books. Kept me interested in the story of Washington and the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge. I liked how each of the major people were introduced with just enough background to know of his importance, but not overwhelm with information.
Phoebe
Another great nonfiction book for kids and young adults! Illustrated with period (and later) paintings and told in Freedman's usual clear style. He includes plenty of historical accounts from actual soldiers, which really lend immediacy.
Brett
Typically strong Russell Friedman look at the Continental Army's famously harsh winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, & how it helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in the Colonists' favor. Interesting illustrations throughout.
Jessica
Beautiful assortment of photos, drawings and portraits of George Washington during the time of the American Revolution. Very detailed. Could be used for research.
carissa
Tells of the harsh winter the Continental Army, under George Washington, spent at Valley Forge. When the winter was over, the army left more determined than ever.
Juliej
Jan 05, 2009 Juliej marked it as to-read
Andrew is a little young for the content but we are learning a bit about the Revolutionary War right now so I'd like to take a look at it.
Lauren Richards
A look at the harsh winter spent at Valley Forge by the Revolutionary Army under Washington's command.
Leigh
The author of this book can flat out write! History comes alive and is exciting and relevant to the reader.
Nadine
The king of biographies for kids scores another hit. Meticulously researched yet very readable.
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre...more
More about Russell Freedman...
Lincoln: A Photobiography Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) The War to End All Wars: World War I

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