Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Escape of Robert Smalls {Review}

In the early morning hours of May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls poses as a Confederate warship captain to lead a crew of slaves on a daring escape.  With a ship full of crew and family, they must pass by one of the most highly defended Confederate forts.  Will Smalls be able to successfully impersonate the captain and lead the ship to safety?  Or will their escape be over before it even starts?

Based on a true story, this book introduces readers ages 9-12 to one of the little known heroes of the Civil War.  Before reading The Escape of Robert Smalls, I'd never heard of this unsung hero.  But his story, courage, and integrity were so clearly portrayed in this picture book.  Due to his clear thinking and nerves of steel, Small changed the fate of his crew and their families.  We need more stories like this, holding up men and women of integrity for our kids to admire.  As a teacher, I'm happy to share this book with my students as we study the Civil War.  If you're looking to learn more about the Civil War or just looking for great examples of strength and character, this picture book is a great place to start.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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