Thursday, February 9, 2017


Written by: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Published by: Disney Hyperion 
Released on: February 7th, 2017
Ages: 8 & up
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Rating: 5 Owlets - I Loved It
More About The Book
Thank you to Disney for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

In 1862, after the fearsome Battle of Fredericksburg, the Union and Confederate armies went into camp on opposite sides of the Rappahannock River. Soon a new battle emerged, as soldiers volleyed competing songs back and forth across the water: “The Battle Cry of Freedom” from the North. “God Save the South” from the Confederates. “Yankee Doodle.” “Dixie.” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” “The Bonnie Blue Flag.”

As winter set in, however, the men and boys on both sides found themselves longing for the same thing, and thinking of the same song. As the notes of “Home, Sweet Home” rose up over the river, enemies were united in song. For one night, they found common ground.

Interwoven with soldiers’ letters and journal entries, this true story shows the power of music–and the possibility of seeing the humanity even in one’s enemy, even in those with whom we are locked in conflict.

An engaging story about The Civil War. Told through a series of solider's journal entries, their letters home, and music with from the Civil War, this book is about the songs of the Civil War. Music is a powerful tool. Music during the war rallied the troops, calmed their fears, and kept the camp on schedule. One particular night, it made opposing sides pause, and battle it out with music.

I love history. I love the way this book is written, and how the information is presented. It's kid friendly, and a wonderful teaching tool to have both in the home, and classroom. 
I even learned something new from this book. This book is a great aid in teaching kids about the Civil War. It's told in a way that kids will understand what they're being read. 

From the letters, and journals entires, to the music, and illustrations, this is a beautiful book to have. Included in the book are notes, a timeline, references to music during the war, and notable people during this time. This is a must have for history teachers, and even music teachers, since this book is a beautiful compilation of history and music. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~