"Young history buffs will enjoy the rhyming text and historical art in this lively biography of the French hero of the American Revolution."—Booklife
Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," author Dorothea Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. A glossary and extensive end notes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful historical account is aimed at young and older adults.
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.
It is delightful when a someone "gets" what a writer is aiming to do. It's even better when this "getting" is done by a Kirkus reviewer. This rhyming couplet was used in a Kirkus Review to show that I provide a fresh take on Lafayette similar to that of the smash hit, HAMILTON! Here's the whole thing: "A quotation from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton serves this book. . .as a tip of the hat to that production’s engaging, modernized portrayal of Lafayette, “America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.” Jensen, provides a similarly fresh take on . . . Lafayette and his career, beginning when he was a teenager" —KIRKUS REVIEWS
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