Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution

Before Washington crossed the Delaware, Henry Knox crossed Massachusetts in winter with 59 cannons in tow.In 1775 in the dead of winter, a bookseller named Henry Knox dragged 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston 225 miles of lakes, forest, mountains, and few roads It was a feat of remarkable ingenuity and determination and one of the most remarkable stories of the rBefore Washington crossed the Delaware, Henry Knox crossed Massachusetts in winter with 59 cannons in tow.In 1775 in the dead of winter, a bookseller named Henry Knox dragged 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston 225 miles of lakes, forest, mountains, and few roads It was a feat of remarkable ingenuity and determination and one of the most remarkable stories of the revolutionary war Here the perils and adventure of his journey come to life through Don Brown s vivid and evocative artwork.
Henry and the Cannons An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution Before Washington crossed the Delaware Henry Knox crossed Massachusetts in winter with cannons in tow In in the dead of winter a bookseller named Henry Knox dragged cannons from Fort Tico

  • Title: Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution
  • Author: DonBrown
  • ISBN: 9781596432666
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. The trend for great children’s historical biographies in picture book format continue this year. This picture book tells the story of Henry Knox. It is the winter of 1775 and the Americans need cannons to take back Boston from the British. Knox takes the challenge of moving 59 cannons over 225 miles across Massachusetts in the dead of winter. It took boats, oxen and plenty of determination and innovation to get those cannons across the state. The journey and amazing achievement is told here in [...]

    2. What a treat this book is! It describes the arduous labors of Henry Knox, a Patriotic bookseller who volunteers to bring 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Readers will be able to feel the icy chill of the winter of 1775 and note the sympathetic strain of their own muscles as he and his men drag the cannons across land to a lake, and then across land and frozen rivers. Up and down hills, Knox and his men labored for 50 days to bring that much-needed equipment to General George Washingto [...]

    3. I loved this book, I read it with my son right after he was lamenting the difficulty of taking care of the garbage. I told him sometimes you have to do things in life that aren't easy, sometimes you have problems that you need to figure out instead of having someone figure them out for you. He wasn't really seeing my point. Then we read 'Henry and the Cannons' by Don Brown.We loved the story about Henry Knox who does something huge, so huge that no one is sure it can even be done. He goes all th [...]

    4. Not one of the more known stories, but certainly an interesting one, and for which I'm glad it was put into picture-form! It follows Henry Knox, a book seller, as he sets out on a mission for Washington: to retrieve 59 cannons and cannon balls from Fort Ticonderoga and bring them to Boston. It's the dead of winter but Henry says he can do it.Your kids will love this!Ages: 6 - 10**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down [...]

    5. Henry Knox, a bookseller did what no other solider could do; he dragged 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to scare off the British Army. Henry Knox promised George Washington that he was the man for the job! Facing extreme weather conditions, Henry trudged on, heaving each 120,000 pound cannon through lakes, streams, rivers, mud, and treacherous cliffs. After nearly 3 months, Henry had finally delivered the cannons to the hills that overlook Boston, thus scaring off the British troops a [...]

    6. Yay for booksellers! In 1775, Henry Knox, a bookseller, recruited some men to help him drag 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to help George Washington in the American Revolution. It was winter, and he traveled about fifty days in snow, icy waters, mud, and ice to get the job done. Impressive! Two thousand Americans hauled wood and barrels up the hills in the night to make a fortress for Knox's cannons to surprise the British. At daybreak, the British soldiers saw what confronted them a [...]

    7. General George Washington needed cannons, but he had no way to get them from New York to Boston. Bookseller Henry Knox believed he could do the job. He and his crew traveled over tough terrain in terrible snowstorms and overcame amazingly difficult circumstances to deliver the cannons to General Washington. The cannons were a tremendous boon to the patriots' cause, and Henry Knox became a hero of the Revolutionary War.Problem is, not too many people these days know who Henry Knox was, and certai [...]

    8. What a story. I guess I'll quit whining about hauling my luggage cart with book boxes through the snow between libraries every day! Henry Knox was quite the bookseller hero. My history knowledge is regrettably weak so I had never heard about this man and his efforts to haul cannons 300 miles to save Boston from the British. The story and art here combine to make something special. Young readers are going to be enthralled. And this wouldn't be a bad choice to use with middle schoolers during the [...]

    9. Henry and the Cannons tells about an often-overlooked feat of engineering, in which a bookseller managed to find a way to move fifty-nine cannons all the way from Ticonderoga to Boston in the middle of winter. The shock of their arrival helped force the British out of Boston, a major turning point of the American Revolution.A simple, serious story, it is told in the form of a non-fiction picture book, which gives younger kids a visual reference for what the various things looked like. Pure text [...]

    10. The British soldiers living in Boston during the Revolutionary War got one of the nastiest surprises in history. One morning, a soldier cried that there was a line of cannons looking down at them! Nonsense, said an officer, there aren't any cannons for 300 miles. Then he looked up

    11. I just love Don Brown's books. In this one he tells the story of how Boston bookseller Henry Knox got 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to George Washington in Boston in 1775. And he did it in the middle of a nasty winter! This action was crucial to Washington's retaking of the city of Boston away from the British, driving them out. I love Brown's illustrations of the amazing feat. I do wish he had included a bit more information about Henry himself, but he did provide a reading list [...]

    12. Henry and the Cannons is a true story about Henry Knox, and how he was the biggest help in chasing the Red Coats out of Boston. George Washington greatly needed cannons, but the nearest ones were 300 miles away through snowy mountains and rough terrain. Henry Knox promised to get them, and stayed true to his word, even though it was a very hard thing to do. This book told of Henry's struggles and the victory that it brought when he succeeded. This book would interest students, and would be a goo [...]

    13. Love the illustrations. Great story for showing the rewards of perseverance as well as exemplifying the great lengths to which the men of the Revolution went for their country. The author’s inclusion of Henry Knox’s own words in several instances is a nice touch. Will be searching for more Don Brown books in the future.

    14. What an extraordinary [true] story! Who knew a bookseller was capable of such grit and determination? I'll bet there are more book-loving people than just Henry Knox who have learned to be brave from the books they've read. Never underestimate the bookish people. :-)

    15. This is a part of our history I didn’t know much about. But living near and visiting Knoxville often makes it just a little more real. A great telling plus excellent illustrations.

    16. An extraordinary story of determination; as a Brit, I found it quite bias but it impressed the children with the sheer grit shown by Henry Knox and his team of helpers.

    17. Richie's Picks: HENRY AND THE CANNONS: AN EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Don Brown, Roaring Brook, January 2013, 32p ISBN: 978-1-59643-266-6"And now he's rollin' down the mountainGoing fast, fast, fastAnd if he blows itThis one's gonna be his last"-- John Dawson, "Henry" (about a different Henry who also had everyone counting on his succeeding in a perilous, high-stakes trip) "It was the winter of 1775. The American Revolution had begun, and things weren't going well for [...]

    18. Perfect to read while watching Liberty's Kids. Maybe have Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos as a read-aloud, too.This is about hauling 59 canons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to chase the Redcoats out of town in March 1776. It took a lot of people a lot of work (and there were many problems along the way), but the canons arrived.

    19. The American Revolution is an oft discussed topic in history courses. The lessons usually feature a cast of well-know characters: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine, just to name a few. However, we aren't often introduced to the minor characters who contributed to the revolution. The ordinary citizens who made small gestures that were huge contributions to the war effort. I was so intrigued by this book because it introduces us to just one such [...]

    20. The Henry Knox history is great material. I realize I probably knew it before, but was reintroduced to it in Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. I was excited when I saw this title in the stack Lu borrowed for me. Don Brown made a good complementary visual story. There are individual pictures and double-page spreads that tell their own mini-narrative, and the entire set of pictures could tell a mostly cohesive story without the words. Brown uses a variety of graphic-novel conventions and structures t [...]

    21. You may not have heard of Henry Knox but it turns out that he was a pivotal figure in the Revolutionary War. Who knew? I sure didn’t.The British Army held Boston. They knew that Washington and his modest army had little chance of taking the city from them.Cannons would make all of the difference. Colonel Benedict Arnold had taken Ft. Ticonderoga in New York for the Americans. There were plenty of cannons there but it was also 300 miles away. Getting the cannons from there to Boston would be im [...]

    22. This book is a wonderful nonfiction book about the American Revolution, and about how Henry Knox aided in the war efforts. George Washington calls upon Henry Knox after discovering that he will need cannons to defeat his enemy and drive them out of Boston. Although Henry Knox is only a book seller, he is confident that he can deliver the cannons to the location, since he has read books about being a soldier. Even though Henry Knox is a larger man, he is still able to gather recruits to help him [...]

    23. During the American Revolution, the British captured Boston and it looked like they would hold it for quite a while. The closest cannons were in Fort Ticonderoga, about 300 miles away. And, it was winter. But one book seller decided he'd get those cannons to Boston. His name was Henry Knox, and this is the story of how he got those cannons to Boston and saved the day despite incredible odds against him.I'd heard of Henry Knox in history classes, but it wasn't until Nathan Hale gave his amazing f [...]

    24. Henry and the Cannons(2013, January 1). School Library Journal. titlewave/search?SID=0Text Structure: Problem and SolutionFiction Twin Text: “Brave Young Knight” by Karen Kingsbury (2011)Rationale: In both of these stories, the hero is an unlikely character who possesses intellectual and character qualities but lacks the traditional physical strength associated with heroes. I chose to put these two stories together for an easy main character comparison for students in a reading lesson as wel [...]

    25. Core Curricular tie that can be made with this text: Social Studies/ HistoryDetailed Explanation of how this text can be used to support instruction in the core curricular area: This is a narrative nonfiction picture book telling the story of Henry Knox in the American Revolutionary War. This book would be best used during a lesson on the war by providing examples of what it was like in the war in a fashion easily understandable by young students. It could be presented to the class as a read alo [...]

    26. Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don BrownRoaring Brook Press, 2013Historical Fiction, 201332 pagesRecommended for grades 3-5An awesome bit of history that demonstrates the impact of an ordinary American citizen with extraordinary drive and vision. I remember reading about Henry Knox and his journey with the cannons in a book last year, it might have been one of the Nathan Hale graphic novels. Either way, I was impressed by learning this then, and [...]

    27. This tale from the American Revolution spotlights Henry Knox. A bookseller who taught himself soldiering, Knox promised General Washington that he would deliver cannons to Boston. The mission was cold, wet, extremely hard, but ultimately successful.Watercolor illustrations do a great job of presenting the many struggles Knox and his crew encountered making good on their promise to Washington. The color palette is muted and gives readers a visual idea of the cold and misery these brave Americans [...]

    28. This is an informative and entertaining historical tale. I grew up in Massachusetts and didn't know about this story, so we all learned a little more about this part of the Revolutionary War. The narrative is short enough to keep a child's attention while still providing a detailed account of the heroic effort. The illustrations really helped to explain the struggles and challenges Henry Knox experienced and we loved the map in the front of the book that shows the entire journey. Overall, we fou [...]

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