HENRY KNOX by Anita Silvey
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HENRY KNOX

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

This admirably researched biography of little-known patriot Henry Knox introduces an unlikely hero who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Born in Boston in 1750, Henry learned about military engineering as a bookseller’s assistant and volunteer in the militia. A staunch patriot who witnessed the Boston Massacre, Henry abandoned his successful bookshop when the British occupied Boston in 1775 and devised a daring plan to transport artillery from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to Boston after General Washington nominated him to head army artillery. Relying on diaries and letters, Silvey chronicles Henry’s impressive three-month engineering feat moving the artillery across Lake Champlain on barges, down to Albany on ox-drawn sleds and over the icy Berkshire Mountains on logs to rescue besieged Boston in 1776. The author portrays Henry as an enthusiastic, approachable man who loved books, artillery and food; who lost two fingers in an accident; who found possibilities where others found problems. Minor’s realistic, stirring illustrations in acrylics on wood panels readily capture the gallant spirit of this man and his times. First-rate. (bibliography, suggested further reading, artist’s note, endpaper map) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-618-27485-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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