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Sara H. (thedomina) reviewed The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart (Dear America) on
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Historical Fiction that weaves the life of a family into the events at Valley Forge in a very interesting way. The hardships of the soldiers were well conveyed, maybe a touch gruesome at times, but the author didn't prolong such scenes. Very much recommended for young girls in the 8-12 age.
**** Disclaimer! The ISBN lists this book as a hardcover, but the book I'm posting is the paperback version. Same story, different format ****
Grade 5-8 The hardships of the Revolutionary Army at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 have become symbolic of patriotism and perseverance. This novel recounts the experience through the eyes of 11-year-old Abby Stewart, whose family lives near the encampment. Abby's childlike yet perceptive diary records her varying emotions toward the soldiers?curiosity, pity, anger, revulsion, enthusiasm?as she observes and interacts with them. Although Gregory's overall tone is positive, she doesn't neglect the downside of army life (disease, desertion, thievery) or the horrors of war. Daily events?chores (especially cooking and laundry), amusements, trials, worries, family interactions?are smoothly woven into the story. The Winter of Red Snow gives readers an interesting and realistic look at the Revolutionary War. However, the quaint language ("I could speak not") is awkward. A two-page epilogue fills readers in on these fictional characters' fates, and a lengthy historical note provides documentation on life in 18th-century America.
This book is the diary of a young girl. I think it's actually supposed to be a book for teenagers since I found it in the young adult section, but I am in my mid twenties and I really enjoyed it. It's not written all cheesey like some teen books. The girl really has a story to tell and she does it well. I think this would be great for your teenage daughter or yourself. Something you could both read and talk about later.
Abigail is a young girl living in Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. She and her family are enduring great struggles during this hard time, between the birth of a new baby to the battles seemingly taking place right outside their doorstep.
She must get used to the idea that sides must be chosen, loyalties will be tested, and the true reason of what it means to be an American will be realized.
Smart and honest, this story is the perfect read for a budding young history buff. Ms. Gregory writes as Abigail, completely capturing the innocent view of a child forced to grow up in a time of war and great change. Young readers will be able to relate to Abigail's challenges while learning about history along the way.
Printed with a new cover and format, THE WINTER OF RED SNOW is flawless.
Dec. 19, 1777, Friday-I woke to sleet hitting the window and another sound I'd not heard before. A drumbeat! Papa came in from milking and said, "The soldiers are coming." ...Finally, through the gray we saw them. Three officers on horseback led. We ran outside to cheer, but the men were quiet and thin. The sight of them took my breath away. "They have no shoes," Elisabeth whispered. We watched for several minutes as they passed by. We were unable to speak. Their footprints left blood in the snow. As I write this upstairs, my candle low and our room cold, I think I shall never again complain.
December 19, 1777
I woke to sleet hitting the window and another sound I'd not heard before.
Papa came in from milking and said, "The soldiers are comming."
...Finally, through the gray, we saw them. Three officers on horseback led. We ran outside to cheer, but the men were quiet and thin. The sight of them took my breath away.
"They have no shoes," Elisabeth whispered.
We watched for several minutes as they passed by. We were unable to speak.
Their footprints left blood in the snow.
As I write this upstairs, My candle low and our room cold, I think I shall never again complain.