When Washington Crossed the Delaware

Of all the stories from the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Trenton remains my favorite.  Something about it just gets me every time.  It seems to epitomize the stuff of which that generation was made.  Endurance and sacrifice are two attributes that immediately come to mind.  I never cease to marvel at how they crossed the Delaware River in the dead of winter, in the dead of night.  I love this little chapter in history so very much.

Imagine my delight when Lynne Cheney authored When Washington Crossed the Delaware.  Finally!  A picture book for children focused on such a special event in history.  It did not disappoint.  Yes, it is very broad and not particularly full of specific historical research, but it tells the story very well for its intended audience.  (It’s probably a good overview for many adults as well, especially if the Battle of Trenton doesn’t ring a bell for you.)

when Washington crossed the Delaware book

When I ordered the book, I was even more thrilled to discover this little quote as a preface, one I was not familiar with:

Lincoln quote on battle of Trenton

Sharing a favorite event in history is most definitely something I’m happy to have in common with Abraham Lincoln!

The book tells the story of how the Continental Army crossed the river and surprised the Germans in Trenton.  It also goes on to talk about their advance to Princeton.  What a wonderful little gem.  I also like how there is a historical quote on each two page spread.

The illustrations are wonderful and evocative.  It’s a book my children never tire of reading.  Can you guess what we’ll be reading tonight?

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