This book is geared for elementary age children--but I have to admit I enjoyed it thoroughly!! Anyone who loves dogs or historical fiction will!! Obviously it took me no time at all to read--but it is a chapter book with some really nice illustrations.
This book revolves around that last winter at Valley Forge as seen through the eyes and imagination of a current day boy who just got back from a school trip to Valley Forge. It explores the hardships that were endured. It also describes the absolute love of a boy and his dog as they fight for survival.
At the end of the book there are true facts which makes this the perfect book for schools, homeschools, libraries and anyone who wants to get their children interested in the history of the United States.
The author has decided to have a giveaway, to end on February 22nd at midnight. In case you don't know (and I had to look it up) that is George Washington's birthday!! One lucky winner age 18 or over who lives somewhere in this world will get either a $20 Amazon Gift Card or a $20 PayPal (their choice)
About the Book: (from Amazon)
While wintering at Valley Forge, the Continental Army, under the leadership of General George Washington, is greatly weakened by the bitter cold, lack of supplies, disease, treachery and starvation. Young Will, who plays the fife, and his faithful Coonhound companion Clay, struggle alongside those managing to survive in ragged clothing and miserable conditions. Only by leaning on each other are they able to endure the harsh days and shivering nights that test all of their strength and determination vital in their quest for liberty.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Ruth G. Zavitsanos began writing at the age of 12. Growing up outside of New York City, she attended many Broadway plays and musicals that served to stimulate her imagination. She attained her Journalism degree at Marshall University and is a proud member of AXO sorority. After graduation, she maintained her desire to write by editing and writing for corporate bulletins, preschool/elementary school newsletters, and the local newspaper. She has been published in Writer’s Digest magazine and had an in-depth article in a regional magazine. Ruth is a member of PennWriters, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Valley Forge Romance Writers Group and Romance Writers of America. All four of Ruth's children's chapter books, THE VILLA DOG (Italy setting), THE OLD FORTRESS DOG (Greece setting) , THE KONA DOG (Hawaii setting) and THE VALLEY FORGE DOG (Winter Encampment 1778, historical fiction) have been embraced by students, parents, dog lovers, travel enthusiasts and the educational community. Ruth enjoys Pilates, Zumba, cooking, reading, music, photography, walks with her dogs, and travel. She and her family have vacationed in Germany, Switzerland, England, Greece, Italy and much of the United States including Hawaii. Ruth considers herself fortunate to have relatives living in Corfu, Greece, a place she and her family think of as their home away from home having visited frequently over the years. Ruth, her husband, their two daughters, and a couple of very indulged dogs, currently reside outside of Philadelphia, PA. Ruth can be contacted at RuthZavitsanos@yahoo.com. Feel free to visit her website at www.ruthzonline.com. Visit the Facebook THE VILLA DOG fan page.
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