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Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow

by Kristiana Gregory
Abigail Jane Stewart writes in her diary of the struggles of George Washington and his soldiers at Valley Forge. 171 pages, Ages 8-12

Item Number: 1220
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

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Reviews for Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow
5Kristina Gregory captures the innocence of childhood and growing up during Amercia's Revolutionary War. America just gained its independence from England, but the fighting hasn't ceased. The years are 1776-1777, and winter is a brutal one. Abigail's story is one that will capture the heart and attention of young readers and adults alike who want to gain an understanding of what it was like to live in Valley Forge, PA during 1777. Abigail and her family are just trying to get by when General George Washington and his army of battered men come to Valley Forge. Through Abigail's eyes, I got to experience just how horrible the conditions were for the men. In the dead of winter the army has little food. Some of the men have no coats and no shoes. Hence the title, Winter of Red Snow. It's through Abigail's story that my admiration for George Washington grows. A religious man and strong leader, George Washington was kind to Abigail, her family, and their neighbors, who give what they have to help sustain General Washington's army. Abigail grows up quickly because of the things she witnesses during the army's stay in Valley Forge. Abigail's family has dwelt with heartache before when they lost a baby. Now Abigail has a new baby brother to help take care of, but they are fearful that they might lose him too. She also has tasks like tending to her family's daily needs, attending to General Washington's laundry, helping General Washington's wife visit the sick and dying soldiers. Her family takes in a widowed wife of a solider who has died. Abigail learns what it means to be true to your country, be faithful in her beliefs, and be proud to be an American. Her story is one that captured my heart and one I highly recommend for teachers for their classrooms, and for those who love to read about history.

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