Perfect Picture Book Friday: REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Here’s a book from one of my favorite picture book authors, Beth Anderson. It’s the untold (until right now) story of a courageous woman (I love stories like that) who made a difference. And thanks to the author and her publisher, you might win a copy of this BRAND NEW (only 11 days old) book. Make sure to leave a comment to be entered.

REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: LEADING THE MINUTE WOMEN IN THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE

Written by Beth Anderson

Illustrated by Susan Reagan

Published by Calkins Creek/Astra (2022)

Ages:7-10

Themes: Women in History, Courage, American Revolutionary War

Synopsis: From Amazon:
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.

And here’s a STARRED review from Kirkus: “Reagan’s accomplished illustrations, executed in watercolor with digital drawing, add historical veracity to Anderson’s superbly documented, at times hair-raising narrative. The author explicitly situates Wright and her female comrades as pioneers who ‘proved themselves as full citizens’ in an era before female enfranchisement. Vivid, absorbing, and inspiring. ” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Why I Love This Book
1. The text: Beth Anderson is a master at connecting us with the main character. Her diligent research always delivers a true story. And her skill at finding the perfect words stirs our hearts and and makes us care for her characters.
2. The illustrations: Susan Reagan’s fabulous watercolors draw us into each scene, helping us feel like we are right there!
3. This is a Mighty Girl story – and I absolutely love those, especially when they give recognition to women who were not acknowledged in their own time.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Photo courtesy: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/

For instructions on how to create George Washington’s tent and many other Revolutionary War crafts: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/learn-and-explore/for-kids-and-families/at-home-crafts-activities

And please remember, dear friends, new books need BUZZ to succeed. The more you share on your social media, the more people find out about the books you love! Reviewing on Amazon, asking your library to purchase copies, and of course, buying the book yourself will help publishers know that we need more books like this. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of a copy of REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT. And don’t forget to SHARE this post on your social media.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’m pretty sure I will – it’s my birthday today and my daughter and son-in-law have some surprises in store for me, I think. And next week I’ll be sharing some exciting #50PreciousWords information – FABULOUS PRIZES and a wonderful LITERACY INITIATIVE that will put books into the hands of students in need. I’m still looking for author critiques, seats in online picture book writing classes, and anything else that #50PreciousWords winners would love to pick as their prize. Please DM me on Facebook or Twitter or email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com.

I also wanted to give a HUGE shout-out thank you to everyone who donated on my Facebook Birthday Fundraiser. It benefits the Highlights Foundation scholarship fund that Maria Marshall and Sherri Jones Rivers set up to help me honor the memory of my husband who had supported me on my writing journey and who passed away in 2018. The Stuart Kirkfield Scholarship Fund benefits women writers who are embarking on this new career later in life. Several recipients have already benefited in past years…and the Facebook fundraiser has raised enough to help several more. I’m so grateful and I know that Stuart, a published author himself, is smiling down at the positive response. https://www.facebook.com/donate/670310664098007/

Vivian and Stuart – Christmas 1998 – Colorado Springs


28 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: REVOLUTIONARY PRUDENCE WRIGHT: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence PLUS Giveaway

  1. I really want to read this book! An unsung female figure! Yay! Congrats to Beth! Thank you for introducing us to her.

    Happy birthday, Vivian! I hope your day is filled with wonderful surprises! What a wonderful cause, your Stuart Kirkfield Scholarship Fund in memory of your honey!

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  2. Happy birthday, Vivian! I own this book and it is amazing! This story needed to be told, and Beth knew how to do that, drawing the reader in making it possible to experience the events along with Prudence. The illustrations are beautiful! I love Revolutionary Prudence Wright!

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  3. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Vivian! I hope you had a lovely celebration! ❤

    This book about Prudence Wright sounds fascinating and the illustrations look lovely.

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  4. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Belated B-day, VIVIAN! THANK YOU for sharing this WONDERFUL book with us! It is the SECOND time this week I have read about it, and I am JUST ITCHING to get my hands on it! WHAT AN AMAZING STORY! A TRUE GEM of history that MUST be shared to INSPIRE girls today. I’m SO GLAD the TALENTED team of Beth Anderson and Susan Reagan did so. THANK YOU!!!

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  5. This looks so great! I love reading books about strong women in history that I previously didn’t know about. Congratulations on the new book! I can’t wait to read it!

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  6. beth,
    YOu’ve given us another reason to love your books! Of course, there were women who fought in the Revolution! and now they will be recognized. By giving us one story, you acknowledge all the women who were involved. Can’t wait to read it.

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    • Thank you for your insightful words – yes there are so many more! Though there may not be a complete historical record, I think these are important stories to help us realize all the mighty everyday people out there.

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  7. I love stories about women in history that we should have known about, but don’t until now. It looks like a beautiful and informative book. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Vivian.

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