Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman” Helped Win Our Independence by Dorothea Jensen

Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," Jensen wrote this short rhyming narrative about the Marquis de Lafayette and his crucial role in our Revolutionary War. Classic pictures, a glossary, and extensive endnotes supply further information about the historical figures and events mentioned in the poem. This playful rhyming narrative is aimed at young and older adults, as well as middle schoolers and is suitable for classroom and other performances.


“A quotation from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton serves this book both as an epigraph and a tip of the hat to that production’s engaging, modernized portrayal of Lafayette, ‘America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.’ Jensen. . .provides a similarly fresh take on . . . Lafayette. . .”           —Kirkus Reviews


“The lighthearted storytelling still underscores the subject’s significance. . . Jensen proves scrupulous in keeping the text factual, digging into the political realities. . .and her detailed end notes offer concise explanations. . .Young history buffs will enjoy the rhyming text and historical art in this lively biography of the French hero of the American Revolution.”—Booklife Reviews

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