Thursday, June 12, 2014

America's Ethan Allen....

I found America's Ethan Allen by Stewart Holbrook at a public school library discard sale and I'm so glad I bought it!!  Ethan Allen was a patriot and soldier who led the Green Mountain Boys in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.

This 1949 illustrated biography is told in story form.  It portrays Ethan Allen as larger than life, legendary, with fierceness and vigor, yet it's fast pace and simple enough for elementary children. I would recommend it for grades 3-8, although I believe high school students through adult would also glean from America's Ethan Allen.  I know I sure did. 

Lynd Ward's amazing illustrations are like icing on the cake.  These illustrations alter between color and black and white.  Ward's vivid images give the reader a sense of reality in picture book form.  We are huge fans of his work.

I highly recommend America's Ethan Allen by Stewart Holbrook.  I don't know how I missed these characters during my youth, but I'm very grateful I've come to know them now!

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