Silvey, A., & Minor, W. (ill.) (2010). Henry Knox: bookseller, soldier, patriot. Boston: Clarion Books. ISBN: 9780618274857
Annotation: Henry Knox was a bookseller in Boston, until tensions between the Americans and British drove him out of the city and to the aid of General Washington.
Reaction: I enjoyed this biography of a patriot I had never heard of before, without whom, likely the Revolutionary War would have been lost before it really got going. I love his drive and optimism in the face of challenges and obstacles. Knox is a great example of the way you can do anything you set your mind to, despite what anyone else might say. What an asset he was to Washington, especially at such a young age; he was only 25 when he transported the guns to Boston!
The art is gorgeous, and the paint on the wood panels gives the pictures lots of texture and age, making the pictures appear older than they actually are, like maybe they came from the war.
I would include this book in a 5th or 6th grade history unit.
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
Media Used: Acrylic on gessoed wood panels