Revolutionary Friends

Finished Revolutionary Friends by Selene Castrovilla.  I received a copy for review from the author.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this riveting story about an important friendship, Selene Castrovilla introduces young readers to the tender side of George Washington when he meets the youthful Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. Lafayette has come to America to offer his services to the patriotic cause. Inexperienced but dedicated, he is a much-needed ally and not only earns a military position with the Continental Army but also Washington’s respect and admiration. This lively picture book presents the human side of history, revealing the bond between two famous Revolutionary figures. Both the author and illustrator worked with experts and primary sources to represent both patriots and the war accurately and fairly.”

This picture book on the Revolutionary War dealt with a topic I at least knew a little bit: the fact that we owe a great deal to the Marquis de Lafayette.

What I didn’t know was that he and George Washington became close—so close, actually, that they considered themselves father and son.  I love that these three books taught me things.  (So if you have a child interested in history—or, perhaps, want to ensure that you have a child interested in history—I recommend these three books so much.)

I can’t even imagine all the research that was done through the course of writing these three books.  While they don’t seem like info dumps, it’s also clear that there’s a major understanding of these events and that the author could probably have filled a middlegrade or YA novel about them, as well.

I know there’s a common understanding that history can be dull and boring, but these books prove that it’s not true.  These three books (and especially this one) by Selene Castrovilla show that seemingly ordinary things can change the course of lives and, as evidenced in this case, literally the entire world.



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