Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Great to be included!

In searching the nooks and crannies of the internet, I found another mention of my book, A Buss from Lafayette on a blog I didn't previously know about called Semicolon Blog.

 Here is the link.

I was delighted and grateful to see that A Buss from Lafayette has been included in this timeline!

It's wonderful to find sites where bloggers seem to appreciate the importance of historical fiction in bringing the past alive for young readers. Hurrah!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Woo hoo! We Made It! We made it! The Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set Arriving in October!

WE MADE IT! All the money has been raised to create and erect the statue of Lafayette!

Here I am in Yorktown, Virginia recently, visiting the statues of Washington and de Grasse, commander of the French fleet that bottled up the Brits at Yorktown. (I was there for the celebration of the British surrender on October 19, 1781.)

I am standing in the exact spot where the new statue of Lafayette will be placed, exactly one year from now. (His pose will be a little different, as I doubt he'll be holding Washington's hand, etc.)

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In historic Yorktown, Virginia, site of the final major battle of the Revolution, there is a duet of statues honoring General George Washington, commander of the combined American and French forces, and French Admiral Fran├žois De Grasse, commander of the French fleet that "bottled up" the British troops under General Cornwallis at Yorktown. These life-sized figures were created by Virginia sculptor Cyd Player.

Installed in 2005 and enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors annually, the statues commemorate two important meetings that took place on board De Grasse’s flagship the Ville de Paris to plan the 1781 Yorktown campaign and to explore plans for further operations.

The problem? It was supposed to be a quartet of sculptures. There are two important figures missing! Also present for at least one of these meetings were General Rochambeau, who led the French troops, and General Lafayette, who had kept Cornwallis trapped at Yorktown until the combined American and French troops had arrived. (He also served as an interpreter at the meeting with Washington, Rochambeau, and De Grasse.)

The reason that Lafayette and Rochambeau are not represented here? There was not enough funding to create all four statues at the same time.

Now the national organization dedicated to honoring the young Frenchman who did so much to help us gain our independence, the American Friends of Lafayette, along with the  Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation, and other interested organizations and people, have raised enough money to put Lafayette in his rightful place.

 The new statue will accurately portray this important historical event and provide an opportunity for visitors of all ages to discover and recognize the role Lafayette played in shaping America’s history.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Happy Surprise!

Once in awhile I Google A Buss from Lafayette just to see if there are any new reviews hiding out in electronic nooks and cranies that I don't know about.

Look what I found this morning at!

David Bruce Smith is dedicated to getting young readers interested in history. (Of course, I am, too, along with all writers of historical fiction for kids.)

I am grateful to have him "on the team" and (I hardly need add) delighted to find Buss on this website!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dizzy-fied Grandsons!

Here's a post from the blog of my Izzy Elves:

As some of you may know, a couple of Deedy's (that's Dorothea Jensen to you) books about us Izzy Elves featured her grandsons.

In Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf, Stuart and Drake play major roles in the story.

When Deedy stayed overnight at their house on Christmas Eve, she could NOT resist "re-enacting" the first picture in the poem about Dizzy's big adventure.

Here is the illustration, created by Andrea Agostini.

Below is the "re-enactment" staged by Deedy, with the help of Stuart (top bunk) and Drake (bottom bunk).

And here is a close up of Stuart from another shot:

And here is the verse that goes with both of these pictures:

‘Twas the night before Christmas,  about half-way through.
(The clocks in the house showed the time to be two.)
The parents were nestled in slumber so deep,
But Stuart and Drakey could not get to sleep.
They’d done all the time-honored things, Christmas Eve
Before both their parents were ready to leave
The boys in their bunk beds to sleep through the night.
Yes,  each of the kids had done everything right.
Of the Christmas routine, not a thing did they lack:
They’d hung up their stockings, set out Santa’s snack,
They’d sung all the carols, donned Christmas PJ’s
And brushed all their teeth in the usual ways.
They’d been bedtime-storied,  been tucked in and kissed:
Not one of the Christmas Eve things had been missed!
They’d even removed all electronic toys
Concealed under blankets, like good little boys.
So why in the world did young Stuart and Drake
Lie up in their room open-eyed, wide awake?
We need not look far for the probable cause:
They were filled with excitement about Santa Claus!
And they had Big Plans, did those two little imps
They hoped that of Santa they might catch a glimpse.
But they would have revved up a few notches more
If they’d known what had happened a few hours before. 
- Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf  © 2013 by Dorothea Jensen