HENRY KNOX: BOOKSELLER, SOLDIER, PATRIOT
Anita Silvey, Clarion Books, November 2010
From BOOKLIST - starred review:
“The first half of this fully illustrated book deftly portrays Knox as a likable, optimistic youth, while the second half shows him as a determined 25-year-old officer leading the expedition that freed Boston in 1776. Quotes from period sources underscore the difficulties of the journey, while Silvey’s measured text ably tells the tale and puts events in their historical context. Painted on wooden panels, Minor’s acrylic art creates a vivid sense of the period in varied scenes crafted with a fine grasp of composition, texture, and color. A chronology, source notes, bibliography, and suggested reading list conclude this handsome book…”
From KIRKUS - starred review:
"The author portrays Henry as an enthusiastic, approachable man who loved books, artillery and food; who lost two fingers in an accident; who found possibilities where others found problems. Minor's realistic, stirring illustrations in acrylics on wood panels readily capture the gallant spirit of this man and his times. First-rate."
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"This is a beautifully illustrated introduction to a lesser-known Revolutionary War figure. ...Silvey's account is admiring but unornamented, and history buffs and future engineers will find some inspiration here beyond the biography report. Minor brings the arduous journey to life through vivid paintings of the Colonial figures and unforgiving landscape. Many are presented in striking spreads. ... Minor's engaging paintings of a memorable incident will make a nice supplement to Revolutionary War units."
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