Thoroughly researched and annotated, with accounts pulled from soldier diaries and other records, Freedman's account of the winter spent at Valley Forge is a gripping tale of survival and triumph. Freedman's narrative voice and full-color reproductions of period artwork serve to draw the reader in from the start. By the second or third chapter, however, the narrative of desperation feels a bit repetitive and circular as Freedman seeks to reinforce the dire circumstances. Once underway, however, the voices of soldiers emerge and serve to unfold an inspiring tale of persistence and dedication. Those voices, and the inclusion of short anecdotal narratives on personalities, such as Barron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben are what really make this title stand out.
by Russell Freedman
Release Date: October 15, 2008
Recommended for: upper elementary and middle school
Reviewed from published edition, checked out from library