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Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The intriguing story of one of America’s first spies—a woman!

Born in 1725 in the American colonies, Patience Wright discovered her talent for art at an early age. As an adult, she joined her sister in a wax-sculpting business and later moved on her own to England. There, Patience became a spy for the colonies, hiding messages in the sculpted busts she sent to her sister’s
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Read to 3rd grade during Women's History month. Patience was a girl raised in the Quaker tradition in the 1700s. She found she had the ability to sculpt figures from mud and clay and then moved on to wax heads when that became the new fad. She and her sister Rachel opened stores in Philadelphia and New York. Patience then traveled to England and worked in the trade there. As she was sculpting members of parliament she is able to gather information to send to the Patriots in our war with England.
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Patience Wright, an artist and spy during the American Revolution. Tackling hardships and solving problems in a clever way, Patience has a story that should be told. Even more exciting, there is a shout to William Pitt, the namesake for a tavern on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum.
You would think that a book about a Revolutionary sculptor/spy would have been more interesting, yet I was bored and could barely force myself through this small read. The name dropping of important people at the time was also over the top and added nothing to the story.
Here's the need to know about Patience Wright
- She called the King and Queen of England by their first names (Michelle just hugged the Queen)
- She was A SPY during the American Revolution
- Almost got arrested for having Benjamin Franklin's head (a statue)
- She made sculptures BETWEEN HER LEGS
- She was a lapsed vegetarian
- First female international artist/entrepreneur
- She sculpted with whale blubber (okay that's gross)
We have Bern on the search for stories of women in history and it is all the better when it can be combined with history, art and spy stories. This would have gotten 5 stars from me if the recipe for apple dumplings had been included at the back and perhaps some further information on sculpting with wax. There are many extension activities that can be enjoyed from this book.
Anne Broyles
Informative, well-written picture book complemented by lovely artwork brings alive a little-told story about an accomplished sculptor who also worked as a spy for the American Revolution.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd never heard of this woman until I read this book!
I got bored about 1/3 of the way through.
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