BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: To The Front! Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam by Claudia Friddell

TITLE: To The Front! Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Autietam

AUTHOR: Claudia Friddellt

ILLUSTRATOR: Christopher Cyr

PUBLISHER: Calkins Creek, 2022


During the Civil War, Clara Barton—one of the first women to receive permission to serve on a battlefield—snuck her supply wagon to the head of a ten-mile wagon train to deliver provisions to the Antietam Battlefield. On the bloodiest day in American history, Clara and her team of helpers sprang into action as they nursed the wounded and dying, cooked meals for soldiers, and provided doctors with desperately needed medical supplies and lanterns so they could operate through the night.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Years ago young readers interested in history would only be able to find basic nonfiction textbooks if they were interested in learning more about historical events. And the chances of them finding out more about lesser known historical figures would have been nearly impossible. Today, children (and adults) can learn more about historical characters like Clara Barton through engaging, historical fiction picture books. Author, Claudia Friddell, takes young readers on a journey into the life of Clara Barton during a critical Civil War battle. Ms. Friddell allows us to imagine how Clara, determined to make a difference, faced everything from the ridicule of military officers to bucking societal norms in order to bring assistance to soldiers in need. Beautiful artwork by illustrator Christopher Cyr also helps bring Clara’s amazing story to life. A great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars*****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story w5ill appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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