Independent Dames by Laurie Halse Anderson

Independent Dames

Listen up! You've all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn't they play a part? Of course they did, and with page after page of superbly researched information and thoughtfully detailed illustrations, acclaimed novelist and picture-book author Laurie Halse Anderson and charismatic illustrator Matt ...

Details Independent Dames

TitleIndependent Dames
Release DateJun 3rd, 2008
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History, Military History, American Revolution

Reviews Independent Dames

  • Luisa Knight
    I didn't like the prevailing attitude in this book, which could easily be summed up with "I am woman, hear me roar." Here's a sample of two paragraphs. Notice the perspective of the guys got it wrong and the women got it right?: "American men held meetings and wrote letters and sent politicians to ask the British to treat us fairly. Didn't work. "American women stopped buying British stuff. It was a boycott. (Maybe we should call it a girlcott. O...
  • Kathryn
    Brimming with tidbits about all the women who helped with the American Revolution in numerous ways, this book is almost overwhelming visually and in terms of content. There's the main narrative, the illustrations (almost cartoon-strip like with characters speaking in bubbles), and a running border along the bottom of each page giving even MORE info on women and their deeds. But, this is also a very important book as the women of the American Revo...
  • Liz
    I wanted to love this book so, so much. It's right up my alley: fantastic illustrations and my favorite subject matter - ladies of the American Revolution! However, there were quite a few complaints. One being that the "story" or the narrative part of the book was much too heavy-handed. I felt as if I was being slapped in the face with the author's radical feminism with every page. Now, believe you me, I consider myself a feminist, but the rude, ...
  • Sue
    Did not like this brand of humor.
  • Christina Mitchell
    "Hello? How about the women?"(p.6).This young reader book is profound in its message toward youth as well as adults. From the outset, the book drives the point that women are not mentioned in the history of the making of the United States, not because they did not act, but because they simply were not written about. Black, Native American, and White, women rode farther than Paul Revere; were the impetus for the strength of the boycott against Eng...
  • Tim Snell
    Genre: InformativeCopyright: 2008The American Revolution is one of the most important periods in the history of the United States. We know the key events and people who helped the U.S. gain its independence from Britain: Paul Revere and his famous ride, George Washington and crossing the Delaware, The signing of the Declaration of Independence, etc. It's easy to overlook the many people who helped contribute in their own ways, especially during a...
  • Kate Hastings
    Growing up, I learned very little about women and minorities in our American History books. It wasn't always because our teachers didn't want us to know-- it's just that there was very little recorded.Now historians are digging through letters, journals and other first-hand accounts to bring us a rounder picture of history.This is the story of women and how they helped win the Revolutionary War. These were not women who fainted and dropped hankie...
  • Lisa
    Absolutely Delightful book full of fascinating stories of the women of the American Revolution. It really gives one an appreciation of what it takes to keep an army of men functional.........and that is an army of women.Finally, their story is being delightfully told in this very informative and entertaining book!HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  • Joenna
    Learn about unknown yet important historical women of the American Revolution including spies, soldiers, writers, and leaders in the rebellion. Cartoon like illustrations and text with a timeline to follow at the bottom of the page. A great book!
  • Pauline
    A wonderful picture book that can be used across the curriculum! Once again, I love how LHA tells us a story about strong women and girls! What an interesting take on the history I thought I, I know more about HER-story!
  • Diane
    This is a great book for elementary students. It's cleverly written to inform and entertain the readers with facts about these women who made contributions to our country but who are rarely mentioned in traditional history books.
  • Ami
    This is such a plethora of information about the women who helped make the American Revolution successful. Interesting dialogue, great illustrations, and just a teensy-weensy bit of feminine indignation that these stories aren't told along side the ones of Paul Revere, Nathan Hale, and others.
  • Anna
    I loved this picture book about women who are not well known but helped the Revolutionary War. I love the author Laurie Halse Anderson, and recommend it for adults also because it is entertaining and you learn a lot. Spencer and Genevieve kept asking me I was crying and laughing as I read it.
  • Anthony
    Breathtaking, informative, empowering. This edgy, unique portrait of our most important war boldly unearths true history, not just the male half, with no apology. A must-read for every student of the American Revolution.
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Anderson, Laurie Halse Independent Dames, illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Simon and Schuster, 2008. PICTURE BOOK. Slowly the women of the American Revolution are gaining the recognition that they deserve. Anderson’s book brings these women’s storied to the elementary age with her picture book which can be read on several levels. Each page has an illustration, accompanying explanation, a more detailed blurb about a particular woman and detailed ...
  • Shelli
    Non-fiction reads about empowering woman of history are my favorite books to share with children; Independent Dames is filled with them. That being said this was not a great format for the quantity of information that Laurie Halse Anderson was trying to deliver. There was just the smallest amount of information on each of the woman presented, making none of them particularly memorable. Instead I would love to see this put out as a collection of m...
  • Lindsey
    Definitely on the shelf for next Revolutionary War unit. I love Faulkner’s illustrations that pair perfectly with the extensive information and notes from Anderson. Great job of providing lots of info in small bits and sketches!
  • Micheale
    I really enjoyed this book that I happened upon in a high school English class, while substituting. It's a great introduction to some of the strongest women of the American Revolution. The artwork and writing are done so well. Definitely worth the 5 minutes it takes to read it!
  • Kelly Risinger
    good info but tons on a page that I didn't read.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    Informative and funny. Great class resource when studying the American Revolution.
  • Stephanie Watson
    Thorough and funny
  • Makenna Quinby
    his fic. I loved how it brought facts to women and how they helped my country form. I enjoyed how it showed the feminist side of how she writes.
  • Shel
    Anderson, L.H. (2008). Independent Dames. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.0689858086Appetizer: As a class prepares to put on a play about the American Revolution they showcase some of the women who helped create the U.S.A. This information picturebook very intentionally pushes the ladies of the revolution (or the daughter of liberty) into the spot light, giving voice to historic figures that are usually left in the background o...
  • Erin Reilly-Sanders
    While I found the first couple pages a bit disjointed, I ended up really liking the entire piece. The format is a little difficult to get used to with four different types of text per page. There's a timeline at the bottom, an overview to the left, diaglog in a comic strip style across the main portion of the page and detailed story snippets called out in ovals. With the first spread having mostly stuff in the less interesting timeline area, no s...
  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    I like Anderson's main text and even though the illustrations are a bit too busy, they are fun to pore over, especially the funny speech bubble text. The book as a whole tries to do a LOT: there is Anderson's main text; there is the smaller caption sized inserted panels; there is the cartoon characters' dialogs; and there is the minuscule prints of the running timeline on the bottom of all the pages. I am all for the information within the book a...
  • Marissa Elera
    In a refreshing and interactive change-up, American women's history is introduced to girls in find-the-fact illustrated scenes, in which readers can dip in and read a fact about a certain woman or girl who influenced the scene's subject area. Learn about Phillis Wheatly, the African slave who became one of the most famous poets of the Revolution, "Mom" Rinker, who smuggled notes for spies in balls of her knitting yarn, or Ann Hennis Bailey, the a...
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    I dislike the way the information is presented in this book. The text boxes on the left are too chatty, and the rest of the information is too scattered. The information in the timeline is in print that is way too small! However, I'm giving it 4 stars for all the information about women, many of whom I hadn't heard of, that it contains. I'm especially interested in the Oneida woman, Tyonajanegen, who was present at the Battle of Oriskany with her...
  • Deborah
    This book is both a great resource and a fun read. At one level, it's about the war for independence, but at another, it's about the unheard stories related to that war: the stories of women. There are layers of information--a timeline across the pages, a story told in fairly general terms (and with a direct voice speaking to the reader) on each double spread, then bubbles of information about specific women that tell more detail than the story a...
  • L11_Silvia Celis
    Although George Washington fought bravely with his men on the front during the American Revolution his wife Martha proved to be just as important. She spent every winter at the army's headquarter's along with many other women knitting stockings for the soldiers, caring for the sick and mending clothes. Independent Dames tells the stories of the brave women who were also a vital part of the American Revolution.This book is jam packed with informat...