This is the story that I tell my grandchildren at Christmas I hope that this book will bring the tradition of sharing history to families all across AmericaLynne CheneyChristmas night was a troubled time for our young country In the six months since the Declaration of Independence had been signed, General George Washington and his troops had suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the British It looked as though our struggle for independence might be doomed, when Washington made a bold decision He would lead the main body of his army across the Delaware River and launch a surprise attack on enemy forcesWashington and his men were going against the odds It seemed impossible that the ragtag Americans could succeed against the mightiest power in the world But the men who started across the icy Delaware loved their country and their leader Under his command they would turn the tide of battle and change the course of historyBestselling author Lynne Cheney tells the dramatic story of the military campaign that began on Christmas night inWhen Washington Crossed the Delaware will teach the young about the heroism, persistence, and patriotism of those who came before them


10 thoughts on “When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

  1. Colette Stine Colette Stine says:

    I wish I could give this ten stars! A simple (yet accurate!) text is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations of this cool event in the history of our country. Each page includes a quote from Washington, Cornwallis, or someone else who was there and lived through the events described in this book. I love it!


  2. Lori Karpe Lori Karpe says:

    This is a book I use every year to read to my 5th grade students. I usually try to wait until we have reached the point of crossing the Delaware in our studies, but this year we aren't quite there yet, but I must read it to them before Christmas Break begins. I want them to know about the other great event that happened on Christmas Day so long ago. Lynne Cheney uses her words to show us the events that took place and what a marvelous leader George Washington really was and the beautiful illustrations are a bonus. It is a MUST read for any young Patriot.


  3. Lola Lola says:

    Given to me for free at a garage sale. Beautifully illustrated.


  4. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    A fairly story-like retelling of the Delaware crossing but includes facts too. I loved the pictures.

    Not entirely accurate about the soldiers sticking with Washington - he had an incredibly hard time maintaining troops, so I found those references to be optimistic propaganda.

    Ages: 5 - 9

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  5. Erin Wilson Erin Wilson says:

    George Washington's Delaware River crossing went down in history as one of the greatest struggles and miracles that has happened with the American Revolution. Thanks to Peter M. Fiore's illustrations, the work of art truly made the picture book more real. The images had an authentic-feeling. Making the images of the long and cold Christmas night that preceded the Battle of Trenton.

    I believe this book would be most suited for the ages 5-9. Mostly because this is the age where kids are most interested about history.


  6. Melissa Mcavoy Melissa Mcavoy says:

    Handsome illustrations and well told history. If you are looking for it, you can see the historically accurate diversity represented. However it is not obvious and given that we know that one in eight soldiers at Valley Forge were African American and that there was at least one Black man in Washington’s own boat, AND that most people are unaware of the significant presence of African Americans fighting on both sides of the conflict, I wish it had not been so subtle. That said, it is an excellent general interest book, and suitable for research. Primary sources are used and cited.


  7. Tara Tara says:

    An account of the Continental army crossing the Delaware river and the battles of Trenton and Princeton under the direction of George Washington. A good introduction for younger children , it focuses on the hardship and perseverance of those involved. No graphic details or illustrations for those with sensitive readers. Every page included an excerpt from a diary, a quote, or something similar. The illustrations are lovely.


  8. Emily Snow Emily Snow says:

    When I was in 5th grade, I was obsessed with the American Revolution including when the Patriots crossed the Delaware for a battle that they ended up winning. My favorite part were the facts and the pieces of artifacts that were incorporated into the story. I think this would be a good book for introducing the Delaware Crossing to 5th grade.


  9. Kevin Denizard Kevin Denizard says:

    1)4th- 6th grade
    2)no awards
    3) This book tells the story of what many historians consider to be the turning point of the American Revolution. This event is known as the Delaware Crossing
    4) The book hand drawn illustrations are pleasing to the eyes and the large pages allow us the reader to tell how large the scale of the battles really was.

    5)Read before or after presidents day, research project on American revolution


  10. Carlee Freeman Carlee Freeman says:

    This is a great book for teaching students about the story of Washington crossing the Delaware. This nonfiction book is great for second and third graders! I had forgotten the story when I was reading it so I learned a lot!