Monday, September 12, 2011
Review - The Secret Soldier : The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern
Title: The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson
Author: Ann McGovern
Publisher: Scholastic Paperback
Release Date: 1975
What is it About?
Children’s biography on Deborah Sampson, a woman who dressed as a man and fought in the American Revolution.
Written in short entertaining paragraphs which I can only assumed where formed from Deborah Sampson diary as the book states she kept one most of her life after she learned to read. Deborah was known to be a very smart child and as a adult even taught as a school teacher for a while until she became eager to travel the world. She saw her chance in joining the American Revolution dressed as a man. She even fooled her own mother dressed up.
The book is easy to read and entertaining with drawings of Deborah and her history. I think it is an excellent read for children to learn how far women have gotten to this day and in Deborah’s time period. I would be interested to see more books about her. I do not know if any books are out there in adult format but there should be if her diary is around.