BRAVE KIDS: TRUE STORIES FROM AMERICA’S PAST by Susan E. Goodman

BRAVE KIDS: TRUE STORIES FROM AMERICA’S PAST

Robert Henry Hendershot
by & illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Goodman tells the story of Robert Henry Hendershot, the famous “Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock.” Robert runs away from home to join the Union army and finds himself at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, three months after Antietam. Ambrose Burnside is now in command of the Army of the Potomac, taking General George McClellan’s place, and Robert is his drummer boy. Not so much the story of the war or even the single battle, this is about one boy’s chance to prove himself and make his mother proud. It is a 12-year-old’s view of his role in one major battle. Robert crosses the pontoon bridge, takes a prisoner, becomes famous, and meets President Lincoln. He even has a poem written about him. As the author is careful to point out, this is a novel based on a true story. She has “dreamed up” Robert’s conversations and private thoughts while staying true to the essence of Robert’s actual story. This entry in the Ready-for-Chapters series succeeds in presenting an interesting slice of history and explaining its context in an afterword. It is a good example of how an early chapter book can provide substantial historical material in a simple format and still do its subject justice. A solid offering for young readers. (poem, bibliography) (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84980-X
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Aladdin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2003




MORE BY SUSAN E. GOODMAN

ChildrenTHE FIRST STEP by Susan E. Goodman
by Susan E. Goodman
ChildrenHOW DO YOU BURP IN SPACE? by Susan E. Goodman
by Susan E. Goodman
ChildrenIT'S A DOG'S LIFE by Susan E. Goodman
by Susan E. Goodman

MORE BY DORIS ETTLINGER

ChildrenAIM FOR THE SKIES by Aimée Bissonette
by Aimée Bissonette
ChildrenA BOOK FOR BLACK-EYED SUSAN by Judy Young
by Judy Young
ChildrenABE LINCOLN LOVED ANIMALS by Ellen Jackson
by Ellen Jackson