Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House (R))
Mary Pope Osborne
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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!
It is a dark and snowy night
when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to colonial times. General George Washington is about to lead his army in a sneak attack against their enemy. But now a terrible weather is making the great general question his plans. Can Jack and Annie keep history on track? The fate of the country rests in their hands!
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“First we have to find the Revolutionary War,” he said. He opened their research book. By the gray light, he read: Over 200 years ago, the United States was made up of thirteen colonies ruled by Britain. From 1775 until 1782, American “patriots” fought for independence from Britain. This was called the Revolutionary War. Jack took out his notebook. He wrote: Jack turned the page. There was a picture of soldiers in red uniforms. He read aloud: During the Revolutionary War, British
the rowers. “Who let these children sneak aboard?” he asked in a stern voice. The men looked at Jack and Annie with surprise. “It’s not their fault,” Annie said quickly. “They were working too hard to notice us.” Just then, the boat banged against the ice. The ice cracked. The boat moved on, then bumped against the shore. Two soldiers jumped out and pulled the boat up on the shore. George Washington looked at Jack and Annie. “This boat is returning to get more men,” he said. “When it does,
greatly admire him. Ever since, I’ve wanted to “visit” him again. Happily, Revolutionary War on Wednesday finally gave me the chance to do just that. Sal Murdocca, the wonderful artist for the Magic Tree House series, and I thought it would be fun to model our cover after one of America’s most famous paintings: Washington Crossing the Delaware, painted by Emanuel Leutze in Germany in 1851. This huge painting now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We’d like to point out
1789, George Washington was elected the first president of the United States. THOMAS PAINE At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, some colonists did not want to break away from England. These people were called Tories. In January 1776, a British writer named Thomas Paine wrote a powerful essay that attacked the idea of obeying a king. Paine called his essay Common Sense. It inspired many Tories to join the patriots’ cause. Almost a year later, in December 1776, George Washington’s army
was losing the war. Many soldiers wanted to give up. This time Thomas Paine wrote a series of essays called The Crisis. George Washington had The Crisis read aloud to his troops on the banks of the Delaware River. Paine’s words inspired the troops to continue the fight. They crossed the Delaware River, defeated the enemy, and gave new hope to the whole patriot army. Here’s a special preview of Magic Tree House #23 Twister on Tuesday Available now! Excerpt copyright © 2001 by Mary