Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette

Revolutionary Friends General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette 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 Rev

  • Title: Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
  • Author: Selene Castrovilla Drazen Kozjan
  • ISBN: 9781590788806
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 militaryIn 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.

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    1. A readable and entertaining bio of the warm relationship between the beleagured General Washington and his loyal ally, Lafayette. The insertion of French exclamatives make the book fun to read and the illustrations make the book accessible to younger history buffs. There are also two timelines, and a guide to interesting places to visit to learn more.

    2. I love the fact that Washington and Lafayette's friendship was chosen as a topic for a children's picture book - I just wish it had been executed a little better. It reads more like a text book and ended incredibly abruptly - he's left with a wound in the leg and Washington telling the doctor to care for him as if he was his son. What?! How can you end there? Is the wound fatal? Well, you have to turn the page to find out, but the information is provided in a list of facts that take you to the e [...]

    3. 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.) [...]

    4. It's great to have a picture book biography about the Marquis de Lafayette and his role in the Revolutionary War. By the time, this young man arrived from France, he already had many accomplishments under his belt. The book describes the bond that grew between Lafayette and General George Washington. Had it not been for that strong connection and Lafayette's own determination, who knows how the war might have turned out? The pen and ink and digital color illustrations allow the central character [...]

    5. I'm a huge fan of picture books in the middle school social studies classes and had high hopes for this one. It's obviously meticulously researched and nearly every page features a text box in the shape of a parchment featuring a quote by Lafayette from letters home. It's almost too laden with detail to provide an impressionistic zing. The format abruptly changes from leisurely picture book to almost an afterword, with three pages of text and spot art. These are followed by a four page timeline, [...]

    6. Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette chronicles and describes the endearing and lasting friendship between two men that, although from different countries and backgrounds, developed a friendship based on common beliefs and a respect for mankind. This picture book has some relatively hidden facts about the Marquis and his contribution to the Revolutionary effort. Washington came to respect this man who so bravely fought alongside these new Americans. Fille [...]

    7. Lafayette, a Frenchman and aristocrat, served in General Washington’s army and became a major general. This picture book biography contains many realistic double-page pen, ink, and digitally colored illustrations with informational insets and cleverly placed French phrases and quotes that portray the activities of life and war in America during the Revolutionary War. Washington and Lafayette eventually considered themselves as each other’s adopted father and son, and their relationship creat [...]

    8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. This is the story of the very close relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. It is a wonderfully done biographical picture book that brings both historical figures to life. Children (and their parents or teachers) will be able to see these men, not merely as figures in history, but as people. Additional sidebar quotes, a timeline for each man's life at the end of the book, and other historical information make this book something that older [...]

    9. Revolutionary Friends was sort of misleading because the actual story doesn't go through their entire friendship. The main section of the story is about how Washington came to view Lafayette as his son. This section ends when Lafayette is recovering from the Battle of Brandywine. I expected it to go through the war in simplified terms, instead it gives a few pages of extremely brief and sort of rushed history until the end of their friendship. I did enjoy the selection of books listed in the Bib [...]

    10. This is my first #bookaday book of the summer! I really liked the beginning of this book about the friendship of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. However, it suddenly drops the story and summarizes the rest in the back along with other nonfiction text features like a time line, places to visit, bibliography, etc. I thought it was so odd that I thought maybe I had a faulty copy, but when I saw other reviews, I realized I didn't and was not alone in feeling confused about the format [...]

    11. 4.25 starsAs a history buff, I am ashamed to say I didn't know much about about Lafayette. I have heard of him, I have been to Fayettevile NC and ashamed to say I didn't make the connection. Well, the joy of it is, with great books like this I can be redeemed. This is definitely for older elementary school. 5th Grade would be perfect with the US History Criteria . Nice pictures, good facts, AND at the end with the bibliography, it gives you details of places to visit. Like Lafayette Boyhood home [...]

    12. An engaging and interesting read that details the friendship that was forged between two unlikely revolutionary heroes, George Washington and The Marquis de Lafayette. I enjoyed hearing about what obstacles both individuals had to overcome to become to ensure the alliance between France and America when the colonists needed it most! The numerous french words and phrases that were intertwined throughout the text were delightful, but I would have appreciated a guide for correct pronunciation. Info [...]

    13. Middle readers and older would benefit from this presentation. Can read just text and pictures, but also the quote boxes by Lafayette. Nine pages at the end on Washington, Lafayette, times for each, places to visit, bibliography, translations of French phrases used in text. Lafayette came in 1777. Washington needed trained leaders. This was the first Frenchman who listed and rallied the troops. Their relationship became so close that Washington considered him a son.

    14. "The happiness of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind."I liked how the primary source quotes on each page supported the author's text. A strong bibliography in the back demonstrates how much research must go into just a short piece of nonfiction. Those are two things I plan to point out to students when discussing how research becomes a book (or a project).There's some good information here, but I'm wondering why the style of writing seems to have changed half way t [...]

    15. Nice try, but no. The picture book details the story of the relationship between George Washington and Marque de LaFayette. For a picture book, it has far too many details. I don't see small children sitting for 10 to 15 minutes to listen to this story. The illustrations are nice, but don't stand out enough to capture the attention of the reader, it also does not help to tell the story.I gave it three stars, only because I love history and I personally learned a great deal from the resources, bu [...]

    16. Who was the Marquis de Lafayette, why did he come to America, and why was he so determined to help General George Washington and the patriots? Young readers will find the answers to those questions and more here, in the story and in the detailed appendices, which include more information on the relationship between Washington and LaFayette, an extensive timeline, bibliography, a glossary of French phrases, and a list of places you can visit that are associated with Lafayette.

    17. This book tells of the friendship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette came to America because of a fervent belief in the American cause; he wanted to join the forces fighting for freedom and he had a great admiration for Washington. Their friendship became more of a father/son relationship that lasted throughout their lives. This is a beautifully illustrated book with a simple story of friendship anyone can appreciate.

    18. A picture book that tells of a friendship between these two historical figures. Quotes from original letters and other sources are included on most pages. Endpapers include landmarks to visit, bibliographies, resources, and more. This would be a great addition to a study of the Revolutionary War. Although this is a picture book, it would be very appropriate and useful for teaching older students.

    19. I wanted to like this book more than I did started off strong, examining the relationship between Lafayette and Washington, with a smattering of quotes and French phrases interspersed in the text. The story then drops suddenly following Lafayette's injury from battle into a quick summation of the rest of their days. Definitely a good book to keep in a 5th grade social studies class while studying the Revolutionary War.

    20. It doesn't find a good balance between dumping a lot of historical information and making it accessible to kids. Just telling us they became friends isn't enough. This is a book with pictures, and there is no reason we shouldn't be shown Washington and Lafayette becoming closer. Instead the story rushes through the entire history of their relationship. It needed to either narrow the focus or be a chapter book.

    21. This historical picture book about the relationship between General smashing on and the Marquis de Lafayette of France taught me a lot. I had no idea that Washington really didn't want any help from other countries during the Revolutionary War, but the Marquis did help out during the Battle of Brandywine. Both men believed 100% in the cause for liberty and they both fought for it! Lots of timelines, French vocabulary and historical facts after the story ends.

    22. This picture book WAW possibility started off ok, but then the last three pages are condensed with facts to finish off the story. The picture book part is fine and tells the story between Washington and Lafayette which was like a father son relationship. But then the "Friendship Continued" part is condensed way too much. They should have continued it in the same format as the rest of the book. I did like the timelines for each man at the end. Afraid this is a no vote for me.

    23. Excellent reading! I learned so much about Washington and Lafayette. History fans will love the section on the Revolutionary Friendship The book continues with timelines on Washington and Lafayette, Places to Visit, Bibliography, French Phrases and Additional Sources. The concluding page covers the paintings of both friends in Washington, D.C. Truly a gem!

    24. Picture Book Biography of Lafayette, showing how much he influenced the American Revolutionary War. Nice selection and might be one to add to collections looking for more nonfiction in light of Common Core standards. This one could be a read aloud or used to intro and then follow up with more research on events and people. Recommend.

    25. I love the French words sprinkled throughout, the true quotes, and the datelines at the end. In addition, this book has a really great list of Places to Visit page at the end with a short description and website address. Plus, the French word definitions are given at the end.

    26. I liked learning about their friendship, but I think that it will be a difficult book for kids to get into, considering there is not a lot of background information and the text is awkwardly arranged on the page.

    27. Loved hearing about this little-known relationship (at least before Hamilton) between Lafayette and Washington. The story ends a little abruptly to make a great read-aloud, but lots of back matter does give more information about the rest of Lafayette's life.

    28. This was an interesting story that I had no knowledge of. The back matter at the end is extensive and should not be skipped! The paintings included at the end were also a nice addition. I was not crazy about the illustrations and felt they detracted from the historical value of the book.

    29. Strange formatting choices. Starts out as an okay, if not terribly exciting, picture book about an interesting subject. Then they ran out of room and crammed the rest of the story into the last three chapter-booky pages. Good bibliography and timelines in the back, but otherwise, not recommended.

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