Henry and the Cannons
written and illustrated by Don Brown
2013 (Roaring Brook Press)
Source: Orange County Public Library
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You thought you had a tough job. Henry Knox's job was tougher. General George Washington wanted cannons so he could drive the British from Boston. A bookseller by trade, Knox was confident that he could bring cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. This was a 300 mile journey lugging 120,000 pounds of cannon. First, Knox had to take the 59 cannons to Lake George and put them on boats. After leaving the lake, the cannons were pulled by oxen through snow and mud. Henry Knox and his crew suffered several setbacks, but after a trip of 50 days they reached General Washington outside of Boston. The arrival of these cannons would make a major contribution to the fleeing of the British soldiers from Boston. A parade was held to celebrate and Henry Knox joined General Washington on a ride through Boston as citizens celebrated.
Henry and the Cannons, besides being a great addition to a unit on the American Revolution, would be an excellent text for teaching the trait of determination. With several near disasters that could have ended this journey, Henry and his crew fight on and finish the job. Author Don Brown makes this story so accessible with text that is easy to read. That's not an easy feat for a history book. With a little pre-loading of terms like Fort Ticonderoga and Berkshire, you could give this book to a second or third grader and they would be able to read it. Looking for a hero? Discover Henry Knox in a wonderful new book.