Valley Forge by Richard Ammon

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The odds were against George Washington as he marched the defeated Continental army toward an old ironworks known as Valley Forge. After losing two important battles, the untrained and poorly equipped soldiers now faced winter. With no quarters, little food, and few supplies, how could they survive? Yet over the freezing winter of 1777-78, the Continental army transformed itself from a ragtag outfit into a professional army. Valley Forge tells how inspiration, determination, and a genius for organizing enabled Washington, his talented staff, and his courageous soldiers to overcome extreme hardships and remake the army.

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Richard Ammon taught children's literature at Pennsylvania State University and lives in Middletown, Pennsylvania, not far from the Valley Forge National Historical Park. He is the author of Conestoga Wagons; An Amish Year; An Amish Wedding, and An Amish Christman. Bill farnsworth illustrated Conestoga Wagons. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and his Children by David A. Adler, and The Flag with Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen by Susan Goldman Rubin.
Published April 1, 2006 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: History, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Noting that the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge has become "a saga wrapped in myth and legend," Ammon uses a mix of primary and secondary sources to separate fact from fiction.

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