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From Lynne Cheney, for young readers: a “stirring” account of George Washington’s finest hour

In When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, bestselling children’s author Lynne Cheney (wife of the Vice President) tells a dramatic story that will teach the young about the heroism, persistence, and patriotism of those who came before them.

Christmas night, 1776, was a troubled time for our young country. In the six months since the Declaration of Independence had been signed, General George Washington and his troops had suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the British. It looked as though our struggle for independence might be doomed, when Washington made a bold decision. He would lead the main body of his army across the Delaware River and launch a surprise attack on enemy forces.

Washington and his men were going against the odds. It seemed impossible that the ragtag Americans could succeed against the mightiest power in the world. But the men who started across the icy Delaware loved their country and their leader. Under his command they would turn the tide of battle and change the course of history.

“The large, dramatic illustrations create a sweeping feel that captures the mood of the text” –School Library Journal
“An inspiring slice of U.S. history in this account of a pivotal event in the American Revolution. . . . The author underscores Washington’s charisma, bravery, and brilliance as a military tactician with examples of how he rallied his exhausted troops for a subsequent, successful surprise attack on British General Cornwallis’s army in Princeton on January 3. . . . The multi-textured, effectively shadowed oil paintings simultaneously capture both the dire circumstances and elegance of the soldiers, and deftly do justice to this history-altering event. A source note cites the references to the elucidating quotes from Washington and others.” — Publishers Weekly

“A stirring account of this pivotal event in the Revolutionary War, from Washington’s Christmas crossing to the Battle of Trenton and the ensuing Battle of Princeton. . . . Fiore’s carefully detailed, full-page oils capture the chill of that night on the icy river, as well as the heroism of the American troops. . . . Young readers or listeners can’t help but come away with a clearer understanding of the event’s significance, as well as a greater appreciation for Washington’s heroism.” — Booklist


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