Dimensions: 40 Pages, 10.63 × 9.84 × 0.39 in
Published: June 3, 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689858086
ISBN - 13: 9780689858086
About the Book
With superbly researched information and detailed illustrations, Anderson and Faulkner combine historical facts and humor together in this engaging--and long overdue--homage to the women and the role they played in the founding of America. Full color.
From the Publisher
Listen up! You''ve all heard about the great men who led and fought
during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only
make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The
dames? Didn''t they play a part?
Of course they did, and with page after page of superbly
researched information and thoughtfully detailed illustrations,
acclaimed novelist and picture-book author Laurie Halse Anderson
and charismatic illustrator Matt Faulkner prove the case in this
entertaining, informative, and long overdue homage to those
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York on October 23, 1961. She received a B.S.L.L. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a freelance reporter. Her first book, Ndito Runs, was published in 1996. She has written numerous books for children including Turkey Pox, No Time for Mother's Day, Fever 1793, Speak, Catalyst, Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, and Chains. She also created the Wild at Heart series, which was originally published by American Girl but is now called the Vet Volunteers series and is published by Penguin Books for Young Readers.
"A stirring portrait of the women who made America possible.
Beginning with the scene of a school play about the Founding
Fathers, Anderson declares that if we look only at them we are
missing half of the story. Then she begins with small vignettes of
some of our heroines. Sybil Ludington rode longer than Paul Revere
and didn't get caught! The Daughters of Liberty make an appearance,
along with nine-year-old Susan Boudinot who protested at a tea
party of the Royal Governor. Writers (Phyllis Wheatley), soldiers
(Deborah Sampson), spies, scouts, nurses, and the wives of the
patriots all get their due via a small fact and portrait....
[Anderson] keeps the text lively and encourages young readers to
find out more. At the bottom of each picture Anderson includes a
timeline of events and defines some of the terms, making the book
even more information rich. At the end of the forty-page book, she
adds material on other women and a great bibliography. This short
text lends itself to all kinds of activities or acts simply as a
supplement for more traditional texts. Anderson's research is
thorough and her understanding of young readers, as always, is
profound. When I conducted an informal poll of school librarians
and teachers, Independent Dames emerged as their favorite
book for Women's History Month. Writing with passion and humor,
Laurie Halse Anderson is on a mission to set the record straight.
And she does!"