Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence by Beth Anderson and Susan Reagan

Hello, Beth Anderson! Welcome to Watch. Connect. Read.! Thank you for stopping by to share Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence’s book trailer! Please share three facts about Prudence Wright before everyone presses PLAY.

Beth Anderson: 

Prudence Cummings was creative child and an independent thinker.

She sacrificed convenience and boycotted goods to protest British rule.

She led the one and only group of “minute women” to protect family, community, and the men who had marched off to fight at Lexington and Concord.

Oh, I love the narration! I believe your granddaughters narrated the trailer! They did a wonderful job!

Beth Anderson: Thank you! They mustered their courage as the mighty girls they are!

Please finish the following sentence starters:

Susan Reagan’s illustrations blew me away! The colors and style bring life to each of the many characters, and beauty and drama to the page. The creative use of primary source documents within several spreads deepens the sense of history for the reader—that these are real people reacting to their circumstances.

There are so many ways to inspire change, and Revolutionary Prudence Wright demonstrates the power of choice. Choices about how we spend our money and if we’re willing to put up with inconvenience to make a difference. Choices about contributing to community. Choices about pushing back fear. Her life shows that change isn’t comfortable or convenient, but it’s people like her that inspire us to find our courage and believe in our potential.

Nonfiction picture books provide young readers a chance to step into the past and discover the humanity in history. That means, as creators of these stories, we need to take on the challenge of digging out truth, search wide and deep for the emotional core, and offer perspectives that will widen our world. Full disclosure, Prudence’s story is technically historical fiction as a few details are lost to history. But her story was too important to let that hold me back. I searched out the most verifiable information and worked to get her heart on the page. Nonfiction stories always brought incredulous expressions to my students’ faces and sparked curiosity—and that’s why I love to tell them!

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me why I had to tell her story. She’s “the rest of us”—people who don’t have a starring role in history. Someone who does what she needs to do, faces challenges, takes responsibility, and steps up. And also, her story shows what happens behind the events we all learn about in school like The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, and the start of the war at Lexington and Concord. Those events didn’t happen in isolation, and they affected everyone, including children. Prudence’s story allows us to see the reality of life in those times.

Beth Anderson earned a BA in linguistics and an MEd in reading. She taught English as a second language for more than 20 years. In 2013, she began writing for children. Her narrative nonfiction and historical fiction picture books include: “SMELLY” KELLY AND HIS SUPER SENSES and LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT!.

Susan Reagan earned her degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. With previous experience in greeting cards, surface designs, and picture books, Susan’s titles include YOU AND ME and LIGHTS OUT!


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