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The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution Hardcover – Dec 1 2010


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439691869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439691864
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,863,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Jim Murphy

A Newbery Honor Book for The Great Fire

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"Spectacular!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Truce

"An example of stellar nonfiction." —Booklist, starred review of Blizzard!

"A veritable cinematic account." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review of The Great Fire

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It is the spring of 1776 and American is jubilant at having driven the British out of Boston. But now it faces the threat of brutal retaliation that could destroy any chance of victory.
As the year draws to a close, Britain's army is massed, well-trained, and ready to pounce; America's forces are small, untrained, and unruly. George Washington, who has little real experience with a threat of this magnitude, is unanimously chosen as commander in chief in hopes that he can unite the ragtag Continental army. As the British begin their invasion of New York City and its environs, George Washington isn't the only one with doubts that he, and the country he leads, can succeed against such overwhelming odds.
In this breathtaking account of a pivotal time in the American Revolution, two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy allows us to experience George Washington's transformation from an indecisive leader into a brilliant and confident commander as he delivers the country from the blackest of times --- into the brightest of futures. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2495060) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa22ee7ec) out of 5 stars A perfect pick Jan. 22 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jim Murphy's THE CROSSING: HOW GEORGE WASHINGTON SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION offers nearly a hundred pages of detail and is perfect for grades 4-6, covering a pivotal time in the American Revolution and pairing lovely maps and drawings with lively facts about George Washington's achievement. Collections seeking a fine, well-detailed and illustrated introduction that provides a 'you are there' atmosphere will find this a perfect pick.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2667fb4) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Historical Read July 7 2011
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of history and I really enjoyed Jim Murphy's easy to read, reader friendly book. Packed with a variety of history depicting George Washington's successes and failures during his rein as one of our greatest leaders during the American Revolution.

Though I've read these historical accounts numerous times, I really admire the way Jim Murphy showed General Washington's choices he made during the various wars that plagued our country after our Independence Day on July 4th, 1776. I liked being able to see and understand why Washington made the choices he did and seeing how they impacted each fight. It's still amazing to me how George Washington and his often times run down armies stood bravely at the fore fronts of opposition and won.

The Crossing is a fabulous book for any fan of history. It's a book that focuses on a few different aspects of the war, but gives great insights into George Washington's strategy. I think this is a fantastic book for not only teachers, but to have at home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24137f8) out of 5 stars The Crossing by Jim Murphy- brings to life a pivotal Revolutionary War battle and George Washington July 23 2013
By Beverly J St Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The maps and pictures contributed so much to the telling of this pivotal Revolutionary War battle. They brought it to life for me. This is a book I will pass on to others.
HASH(0xa241af6c) out of 5 stars Fantastic Book April 28 2012
By Andrea Nicole Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 7 year old son is a George Washington fanatic and this is by far the best book about Washington that we've read. We first read it when my son was 6,and granted, the 3 year old bailed after the first three pages, but the 5, 6, and 8 year olds were riveted. In fact, we were going to read one chapter a night, but we read the last three chapters in one sitting because none of us wanted to stop. It is that good.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2625114) out of 5 stars I love a good history book, don't you? Oct. 10 2013
By Laura Booksnob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Crossing is a 80 page children's book that highlights the early battles of the American Revolution when George Washington is chosen to command the Continental army in 1775. Washington had some military experience but the Continental army did not and they were facing a well-trained, large British army. The British invasion begins in New York and the Continental army faced lost battles and men who deserted. As Washington's army decreased in size and he lost or retreated from battle, he was becoming increasingly worried that he might not be able to train the army to defeat the British.

The decisive battle that turned the tide of the war, in favor of the Continental army took place after Washington crossed the Delaware river in the middle of the night. The Crossing is an excellent historical retelling of the beginning of the American Revolution. It is full of maps, pictures, and even gives a description of the famous painting on the cover by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

If you want to know the true story of the beginning of the American Revolution told in eloquent, simplified text you need to check out The Crossing. The American army was truly the underdog in this war with the British and it makes you understand the significant odds that Washington was up against. The Crossing contains an extensive travel guide to sites of the Revolution, an index, a timeline and a list of books to continue to feed your inquisitive mind. I found the book to be informative and fascinating. Of course, as a history teacher I am a bit biased.


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