Founded in fact this tells of the gift from the poor people of Nantucket to Lafayette. For with the war's ending and France' offer to buy whale oil, the islanders decided there must be a present for the Marquis and the discussion revolved around the idea it must be from all of them. Milk came from everyone's cow, all had a hand in the making of the cheese, and the 500 pound ""monster"" (for that is what Lafayette called it) was sent on its way. The joint authorship of ""Elisabeth Meg"" presents the tale with all the simplicity of a long-told tale and the two color illustrations by Helen Belkin have an unassuming, period feel. A really nice addition to American history.