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America's Ethan Allen

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A biography of the patriot and soldier who led the Green Mountain Boys in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 1976 by Houghton Mifflin Co. (first published 1949)
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This was written without feeling or good pacing, with characters introduced and left by the wayside, and the only thing left is the fact that Ethan Allen, frankly, seems like kind of a dick. I felt like I was reading a book report from a fourth grader who didn't really care about history, or Ethan Allen, or anything at all. The art was better than the story, but not enough to make it worthwhile.
I will admit, that I was a little hesitant to read this as the last book illustrated by Lynd Ward ("The Biggest Bear", which won the 1953 Caldecott Award), I was really not a fan of as it involved bear-killing for sport. This book won a 1950 Caldecott Honor. My biggest complaint about this book is the length. It’s about 96 pages, granted that’s with illustrations, but still, that’s a really long book for a child. This is especially true because the subject matter sounds like it was taken almost ...more
May 10, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Allen is decently written and is easy to stay with. It's a portrait of a determined, tenacious, self-driven man who held strong leadership qualities and ability to foresee problems and plan ahead. As a portrait, it doesn't have a storyline, but the ground on which this man lived his life unfolds across the French & Indian War (it really was the first world war), colonial pre-revolutionary & revolutionary war for independence and the post-revolution period. The staunch figure of All ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Always interested in history, and since we vacation in Vermont, this seemed a good choice. Published in 1949 and found in the old Nazareth Academy Library, it was a promotional piece written for children. I'm sure there were some facts, but they were hard to find among the author's interpretation of the feelings of the main characters.
Jul 08, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
A biography of the fearless American, Ethan Allen. The text reads more like a story than a traditional biography which is usually broken up into section that cover birth, education, death etc. The book reads like a factual tall tale with Ethan Allen the mighty man at the center. Illustrations were both black and white and full color, some were wordless 2 page spreads, none of them particularly moved me enough to write about. Good hero story about a real person, though I doubt it would find an au ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok
This isn't so much a children's illustrated book as an illustrated history of an American hero - plenty of text adding up to just under a hundred pages. (The Vermont population would have been a huge market for the book when it was published in 1949.) The narrative doesn't slow down to fill in a lot of detail of side stories but moves along fairly quickly with the illustrations adding some interest to each of the pages. The two-page spreads are the most engaging, most notably the Westminster Mas ...more
1950 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The two page spread near the end where the Green Mountain Boys pay homage to their leader

Kid-appeal: I must confess I skimmed this! It's close to 100 pages long. I like that this is clearly a biography written for children, but I just don't think of this as a "picture book". The use of of dialog makes for a readable history and the illustrations do give a great sense of what life was like in colonial America.
Jul 16, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
The pictures were beautiful and I have to admit that I love these old biographies. Maybe they are a bit flexible on the facts (like giving the main characters dialogue to help the story along) but if I think of them as biographical fiction, then they are brilliant! :) I do want to know how I missed Ethan Allen in all my history lessons. What an interesting character!
Apr 18, 2016 Molly rated it it was ok
This is a biography of Ethan Allen who played a major role in Vermont becoming a state. I found it rather long and it has many offensive words for Native Americans that are outdated. However, there are nice illustrations.
Nov 17, 2011 Lafcadio rated it liked it
A biography, birth to death, of Ethan Allen. It was unexpectedly long for a picture book, and I can see it being used for a book report or history report by an elementary school student.
Feb 23, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: nerdcott-2012
Not sure I would consider this a "picture book" by today's standards. More of a novella with illustrations. Interesting book, even if it is a little dated.
Interesting biography and history of early life in New England
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Stewart Hall Holbrook (1893 - 1964) was an American lumberjack, writer, and popular historian. His writings focused on what he called the "Far Corner" - Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A self-proclaimed "low-brow" historian, his topics included Ethan Allen, the railroads, the timber industry, the Wobblies, and eccentrics of the Pacific Northwest.

He wrote for The Oregonian for over thirty years, and
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