With the Fourth of July around the corner, I thought it’d be a perfect time for a sneak peek and cover reveal for REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: LEADING THE MINUTE WOMEN IN THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE.
We all learn about Paul Revere’s ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired on April 19, 1775. But…few have heard of another event just a day or two later when women stood ready at a moment’s notice, too, and stepped forward as patriots. Looking through the eyes of the women helps us bring the Revolution home to see that it was much more than men marching and cannons booming.
Revolutions come in all shapes and sizes—quiet and explosive, intentional and unexpected. In An Inconvenient Alphabet, I examined Ben Franklin and Noah Webster’s spelling revolution—an attempt to Americanize—our alphabet and spelling to aid in educating the public and ease communication and unify a diverse population. Even language was part of the American Revolution. And in 2022, I’m thrilled to be sharing two stories about revolutionary women.
In Prudence Wright’s story, releasing Feb. 1, we see the women’s battle on the home-front as revolution seeps into many aspects of life and their patriotic conviction results in a surprising and little known event. Change was happening in all levels of society. (And in the fall, Deborah Sampson’s story will show more of “The World Turned Upside Down.”)
REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT is illustrated by the amazingly talented Susan Reagan and comes to you from super editor Carolyn Yoder and the team at Calkins Creek. The art is gorgeous. Creative. Powerful. What a thrill it’s been to see this story come alive! I can’t wait to share it with you! But for now….the cover!
ABOUT REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT
Here is the first-ever picture book about female Revolutionary War activist Prudence Wright, who rallied the first and only group of “minute women” to fight the British, changing history in the process.
Prudence Wright had a spark of independence.
Annoyed when the British king held back freedoms in colonial Massachusetts, feisty and fearless Prudence had enough. She said no! to British goods, determined to rely on her resourcefulness and ingenuity to get by. And when British troops continued to threaten the lives of her family and community, she assembled and led the “minute women” of Pepperell to break free of tradition.
This untold story of a courageous and brave woman from the Revolutionary War continues to inspire today.
Feb 01, 2022 | 48 Pages | 10-1/2 x 9-1/2| 7-10 years | ISBN 9781644720578 Now available for Pre-Order.