Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON: THE MUSICAL, and Longfellow' s "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," this short, playful, accurate, illustrated, RHYMING hip-hoppable history can be read aloud/performed in its entirety in 20± minutes. This unique history, aimed at young and older adults (as well as middle graders) includes a glossary, extensive endnotes, classic pictures and classroom/study questions to enhance understanding of the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem.
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's always satisfying to find historic bits online that support what I have written. This is a description of Silas Deane's "task." "Instructions were quite specificc on the procurement role that Deane should perform, requesting 'clothing and arms for twenty-ve thousand men with a suitable quantity of ammunition and one hundred field pieces.'.”
—by Richard J. Werther
Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How
The gall of Mr. Silas Deane, gun-buying is his task,
But he gives lofty ranks galore to all of those who ask!”[i]