How ‘America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman’ Helped Win Our Independence
award-winning · American Revolution · ages 13-18 · Teen & YA historical nonfiction · Marquis de Lafayette
“…a valuable companion for classrooms and projects…Jensen proves scrupulous in keeping the text factual, digging into the political realities behind revolutionaries like George Washington embracing a French aristocrat, and her detailed end notes, offer concise explanations…that will help alleviate any audience perplexity. Young history lovers and fans will savor this playful rendition of Lafayette’s biography, centered around historical documents and works of art.” —BookLife by Publishers Weekly
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 endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful historical account is aimed at young and older adults. It would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other settings, such as events celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Lafayette's 1824-5 Farewell Tour of America.
A Few Things You Will Learn from this Book:
- Who the unlikely person was who inspired Lafayette to help America
- How Lafayette's powerful father-in-law tried to discourage his plan
- Why such a high rank was given to an inexperienced 19-year-old
- How Lafayette helped strengthen the crucial French Alliance
- What Lafayette's key successes were as a military commander in America
2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 2nd Place, Historical Nonfiction
2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Honorable Mention, Young Adult Nonfiction
2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention, Young Adult Nonfiction
2020 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention, History Nonfiction
“A well-written, multipurpose war-hero story that’s both entertaining and instructive.” —Kirkus Reviews
“…a unique, informative, and unreservedly recommended addition to middle school, high school, and community library American Revolution history collections for young readers ages 13-18 in general, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular.“ —Midwest Book Review
"...a perfect example of how a writer can make history/learning history fun." —David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation & co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize
"An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated..." —Alan R. Hoffman, Translator, Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President, The American Friends of Lafayette.
"A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon" —Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College
"Dorothea Jensen brings Lafayette to life for all ages" —Chuck Schwam, Publisher, American Friends of Lafayette Gazette
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dorothea Jensen is proud to be one of a very few people who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a dragon-prowed Viking vessel manned by real, horn-wearing Vikings. She was born in Boston, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois, site of the Viking adventure. She earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in 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 and history non-profits, written one play performed in Noh style, and another celebrating Lafayette's Farewell Tour performed at Old Sturbridge Village.
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 studying the American Revolution. Her second, A Buss from Lafayette, is set during General Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America (1824-5) in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991. She also co-authored a teacher's guide for using A Buss from Lafayette to help students understand the Lafayette’s Revolutionary role, the French Alliance and other facts about the Revolutionary War.
Liberty-Loving Lafayette was a product of the 2020 pandemic. For this unique work, Dorothea combined her knowledge of history and her delight in versifying to create a short, playful rhyming narrative about Lafayette’s role in our Revolution