Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON: THE MUSICAL and Longfellow' s "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," this short, playful, accurate, illustrated, RHYMING history can be performed in its entirety in 20 minutes and could be adaptable to a rap-style rendition. Find out what Hamilton left out about Lafayette, “the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set.”
Nominee, NH Writers’ Project 2021 Biennial Literary Awards/People’s Choice Award (MG/YA); Nominee, NH Writers’ Project 2021 Biennial Literary Awards/ People’s Choice Award (Nonfiction); Winner, 2nd Place (History Nonfiction), Royal Dragonfly Book Awards; Winner, Bronze Medal (Young Adult Nonfiction), Readers' Favorite Book Awards; Finalist (History Nonfiction), Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards; Finalist (Young Adult Nonfiction), Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards; Winner, First Place (Biography: Historical), Firebird Book Award; Winner, First Place (Young Adult Nonfiction), Firebird Book Award
Dorothea Jensen is proud to be one of a very few people who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a Viking vessel manned by real Vikings wearing horns and furs. She was born in Boston, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois, site of the Viking adventure. She then earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, taught middle and high school English, tutored refugees in ESL, written grant proposals for various arts organizations, written a play performed in Noh style, and raised three children.
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, has been used in classrooms for many years as an enrichment resource for kids studying the American Revolution. Her next novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991.
Dorothea also writes modern Christmas stories in verse. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these award-winning Santa's Izzy Elves story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves savvy in modern technology.
Just before I started looking for potrayals of Washington to use in Liberty-Loving Lafayette, the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery released several MILLION pictures into the public domain. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect. It seemed to me that this was how the idealistic teenaged Lafayette saw his hero. Not sure he pictured an angel crowning George with a laurel crown but this IS in the realm of possibiility!