They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell

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The rousing true tale of an American Revolution heroine.

When her husband joined General Washington’s army, Molly Hays went with him. All through the winter at Valley Forge, Molly watched and listened. Then in July, in the battle at Monmouth, she would show how much she had learned. Molly could tell the day would be a scorcher, so she decided to bring water from a nearby spring to the fighting men. More than 50 British soldiers would die of heatstroke that day, but the American soldiers need only cry, “Molly–pitcher!” On one trip through the fighting field, she saw her husband get shot. She satisfied herself that he wouldn’t die from his wound, then took over his job–firing off the cannon!

Molly epitomized the feisty, self-reliant spirit of the colonists who would soon win their battle for independence–and her story has rightly become a beloved legend of American history.

About Anne Rockwell

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Anne Rockwell has been an innovator in children's books for nearly 30 years.Cynthia von Buhler's illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and on CD covers.From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 22, 2006 by Dragonfly Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A sturdy and determined Molly, a heroic Washington on horseback calmly watching over his exhausted troops bedded down for the night, a painting of the battlefield, and endpapers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution add to the patriotic and feminist mood.

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Rockwell finds opportunities for humor (in later life, it seems, "the only fault her employers ever found with her was that she swore like a soldier") and for her own opinions (after Washington honors Molly, "no soldier sneered at the thought of a woman being a sergeant in his army").

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