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The Crossing: How George Washington Saved The American Revolution

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  38 reviews
With his engaging and timeless narrative prose, two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy tells the awe-inspiring story of George Washington's glorious fight for an independent America.

It is 1776, and George Washington and his army of rebellious American colonists are emboldened by its stunning victories over the British at Lexington and Concord. But now, the Americans
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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American Mensa
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered how George Washington kept his army from being overtaken by the British? Or how he was able to convince 17,000 recruits to join the army even when the outlook appeared so grim? Did you know that the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting was actually made by a German artist to inspire European rebellions? If you want to know more, this book is for you! The Crossing, by Jim Murphy, retells the story of George Washington’s many achievements and crushing blunders as ...more
Christine Crawford
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
The hubby always wants to go watch the re-enactment of Washington crossing the Delaware every December and I have absolutely no interest. I picked this up hoping it would spark some interest. I still don't want to go see it, but that doesn't mean this book isn't informative and well-written. It's also not overwhelming or bogged down with detail, but includes just enough primary source information and background. I really didn't like the sepia colored text - I found it harder to read. ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
As I see it, author Jim Murphy is especially good at two aspects of creating nonfiction literature for younger readers: The utilization of beautiful descriptive language to its utmost good in what he writes, and the delivery of terrifically detailed accounts of long-ago wars and other historically significant situations and the men who took part in them. Jim Murphy's flair for extensive detail goes beyond the scope attempted by most other nonfiction authors, making for books of the greatest exa ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from this one. I didn't realize how hard George Washington had it early on in the commanding of the troops.

I'm not always interested in details of military battles, so I'm glad they didn't go into too much detail. It was enough to understand what was happening without losing my interest in the book. The maps were a nice touch though.

At the end of the book was a very good list of other sources for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge on the events talked about. It inc
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a YA book, full of pictures, but still not an easy or childish book. For those fascinated with the Revolutionary War, this book leads you gently to the more erudite books and concepts. For middle schoolers, this book explains why we are lucky to have this great nation. Just another book on the path to knowledge about our national history. I did not like the sepia writing on brownish pages. I found it difficult to read.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is perfect to share with our grandsons, ages 9 and 11, before we visit Washington Crossing Historic Park this summer. It provides just enough background to underscore why the Crossing and Battle of Trenton were key. It's not flashy, but the maps, and sepia photos and drawings add interest. There's also a section on Leutze's famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, that points out historical inaccuracies. I recommend this title to prepare kids for a trip to the park. ...more
Sandie Mixa
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy books about American History that portray the founding fathers in a positive light. This book helped me appreciate George Washington's wisdom, while showing his human side as well. This pivotal point in the Revolutionary War is fun to read about and shows how God helped the cause of freedom and inspired its leaders. Only 90 pages, with paintings and maps, an enjoyable read. ...more
Valerie McEnroe
I liked The Great Fire a little more than this one, but if you love books about the American Revolution or you need a good nonfiction addition to your school library collection, then this one is a must. On the cover of the book is the famous painting by German artist Emmanuel Leutze. It is permanently displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The book begins with the Battle of Brooklyn when a massive fleet of British and German soldiers land on Long Island. George Washington has been selected
Diana Gagliardi
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I so <3 Jim Murphy's narrative non-fiction! He tells a story so well...super quick book to finish with most page spreads having abt half of the spread be some sort of visual.

Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: houston
My 6 year old has loved this book to the point he has asked for it to be read to him 3 times in one month!
Raymond C.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
The Crossing: How George Washington Saved The American Revolution
By: Jim Murphy
81 pages
Finished: 10/20/12

The Crossing: How George Washington Saved The American Revolution is the retelling of what happened in the American Revolution. April 19, 1775 marked the start of the American Revolution and they needed a commander. Each of the 13 colonies sent representatives to decide who would be the commander. Every single representative voted for George Washington. One day, the British troops
Laura (booksnob)
The Crossing is a 80 page children's book that highlights the early battles of the American Revolution when George Washington is chosen to command the Continental army in 1775. Washington had some military experience but the Continental army did not and they were facing a well-trained, large British army. The British invasion begins in New York and the Continental army faced lost battles and men who deserted. As Washington's army decreased in size and he lost or retreated from battle, he was bec ...more
Janet Squires
Murphy's narrative reads like a powerful suspense story as he follows Washington from his 1775 appointment to command the army through the Battle of Princeton in 1777. "He had never commanded more than 5,000 men, did not know how to position artillery, or maneuver cavalry and had no engineering skills in building defensive positions." Never-the-less, John Adams spoke in favor of Washington and the Continental Congress voted unanimously in Washington's favor.

Washington is portrayed not as a large
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
George Washington is someone that more American's ought to read about. Not because he could not tell a lie about the cherry tree (which is a complete myth), but because he was such an amazing man of courage.

This is a great short book on George Washington and the American revolution. It tells the story of an outnumbered ragtag American rebel army and how George Washington led them to a series of improbable victories against the Hessian (German) and British troops.

The book starts off in April 177
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I am a huge fan of history and I really enjoyed Jim Murphy's easy to read, reader friendly book. Packed with a variety of history depicting George Washington's successes and failures during his rein as one of our greatest leaders during the American Revolution.

Though I've read these historical accounts numerous times, I really admire the way Jim Murphy showed General Washington's choices he made during the various wars that plagued our country after our Independence Day on July 4th, 1776. I lik
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Jim Murphy describes the circumstances leading up to Washington's fateful crossing of the Delaware, explaining how the Continental Army, after their success in Lexington, Concord, and Boston, soon lost ground in New York. With men deserting right and left and the Continental Congress discussing whether Washington should be relieved of his command, the general organized a secret attack on the Hessian soldiers stationed in Trenton , crossing the Delaware in the middle of the night. That fateful de ...more
The remarkable and inspiring story of George Washington and his troops during The American Revolution. What the ragtag army of men lacked in equipment, numbers, and money, they found in the strength in grit and fortitude that they needed with the amazing leadership and determination in this man, who would be president. God truly seemed to be on their side during this time when they tried desperately to break from the British empire and become a free country unto themselves. Told in a simple, spa ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
My bachelor's degree is in history, specifically American History - Civil War. I was very interested when I saw this title and wondered how accessible it would be for students. Although the reading level is a bit higher than the group I teach, I do think most of them would really be interested in this book. I liked how Murphy wove maps into the narrative of the war so that you could better visualize where each army was. It reminded me of his work in the Great Fire. My students who read it always ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was my first Jim Murphy (met him at a conference.) As I history buff I was hoping this would be a fun, easy interesting read and it was! This book was very detailed without being overwhelming. I love how he draws from the Painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware to explain historical discrepancies (ie if Washington was standing on the boat the boat would have tipped over, and the stars and stripes weren't adopted until after the revolution. MR. Murphy researches his books well, wri ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
When I was a kid we spent an awful lot of time studying the American Revolution, but didn't focus at all on military strategy. For those kids eager to dig a little bit deeper into the military history of this era and Washington as a military leader, this book is a winner. As is normally the case with Jim Murphy's non-fiction the text is engaging and his storytelling makes the subject interesting. I also really appreciated the notes at the end regarding the famous painting of Washington Crossing ...more
Abby Johnson
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
Jim Murphy does an excellent job of painting a picture of George Washington and his troops and explaining why these battles were so important to the path of the war. I am not a history buff, but this was more interesting than I thought it would be. I enjoyed all the archival paintings and portraits included, as well as Murphy's note on the famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware".

Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I probably enjoyed this more than most because I like reading about Washington's Crossing. I have gone to the town by that name on Christmas Day and watched the reenactments of Washington's troops crossing the Delaware. The book was a little slow at times, but overall, it was a good children's book about the American Revolution. I liked that it was very focused and did not try to cover the entire war. ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great primer on the early days of the American Revolution that is suitable for readers of ANY age. It best describes the seemingly insurmountable challenges faced by Gen. Washington in 1776 and early 1777, and how he and the Continental Army managed to overcome them. Frankly, it's amazing that we're all not singing 'God Save the Queen' right now. ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
In the year after Lexington and Concord, it was a very near thing as to whether the rebellion would sputter out or not. For a while, it was looking so bad that some signers of the Declaration of Independence repudiated it.
Lin Lin
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Numerous primary sources (1775 Recruiting poster, painting of George Washington with William Lee, his slave and constant companior during the war, maps, painting of General William Howe, one of Britain's best field generals, etc.)used in this book.
Jul 24, 2012 added it
While this book is okay to read for a general information book, it is NOT a book that one can take a test over. That is what "The Powers That Be" have done for those who are reading on The Young Hoosier program. Most students have to retake the test in order to score a minimal passing grade. ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This juvenile non-fiction book is a wonderful recap of the early battles of the Revolutionary War (New York and New Jersey area), with great illustrations. A quick, fascinating read about an amazing part of history...
Taylor Pettie
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This story of George Washington's fight for an independent America is in 1776. This book is great for having students learn of the rebellious American colonists and British, the retaliation, and be able to take this information and be captured in it. ...more
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
The sepia coloring of the book seemed weird to me but it might be better than the standard black & white. i also like how the descriptions of the paintings pointed out inaccuracies!
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is not my favorite historical period, but still Jim Murphy does an excellent job! It's hard to go wrong with Jim Murphy. ...more
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An American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce ...more

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