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This powerful tribute to Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the Civil War's Battle of Antietam reveals how she earned the name The Angel of the Battlefield, and shows the beginnings of her journey as one of our country's greatest humanitarians and the founder of the American Red Cross. During the Civil War, nurse Clara Barton carefully snuck her wagon filled wit This powerful tribute to Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the Civil War's Battle of Antietam reveals how she earned the name The Angel of the Battlefield, and shows the beginnings of her journey as one of our country's greatest humanitarians and the founder of the American Red Cross. During the Civil War, nurse Clara Barton carefully snuck her wagon filled with supplies and provisions onto the field where Antietam, the bloodiest battle the war, was set to take place. On the day of the battle, Clara and her team of helpers sprang into action. She found herself comforting the wounded and dying, cooking meals for soldiers, and providing doctors with innovative sources of light so they could see better. No soldier went unnoticed or unaided by the woman called The Angel of Antietam. Author Claudia Friddell blends her words with Clara Barton's firsthand account to capture the nurse's brave actions while Christopher Cyr's accurate and dramatic illustrations portray one of the most heroic women in history.


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This powerful tribute to Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the Civil War's Battle of Antietam reveals how she earned the name The Angel of the Battlefield, and shows the beginnings of her journey as one of our country's greatest humanitarians and the founder of the American Red Cross. During the Civil War, nurse Clara Barton carefully snuck her wagon filled wit This powerful tribute to Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the Civil War's Battle of Antietam reveals how she earned the name The Angel of the Battlefield, and shows the beginnings of her journey as one of our country's greatest humanitarians and the founder of the American Red Cross. During the Civil War, nurse Clara Barton carefully snuck her wagon filled with supplies and provisions onto the field where Antietam, the bloodiest battle the war, was set to take place. On the day of the battle, Clara and her team of helpers sprang into action. She found herself comforting the wounded and dying, cooking meals for soldiers, and providing doctors with innovative sources of light so they could see better. No soldier went unnoticed or unaided by the woman called The Angel of Antietam. Author Claudia Friddell blends her words with Clara Barton's firsthand account to capture the nurse's brave actions while Christopher Cyr's accurate and dramatic illustrations portray one of the most heroic women in history.

30 review for To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam

  1. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    This book is damn precious! I am mesmerized by the art and the writing. It's absolutely meaningful and important. The story of kindness and being human. It's the story of Clara Barton who helped and nursed the wounded and the helpless during the Battle of Antietam. Thank you, Calkins Creek, for the advance reading copy. This book is damn precious! I am mesmerized by the art and the writing. It's absolutely meaningful and important. The story of kindness and being human. It's the story of Clara Barton who helped and nursed the wounded and the helpless during the Battle of Antietam. Thank you, Calkins Creek, for the advance reading copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    Clara Barton was a self-taught Civil War-era nurse who successfully treated wounded Union soldiers, frequently gaining access to them before first aid supplies could arrive. In To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam (Calkins Creek, 2022), author Claudia Friddell and illustrator Christopher Cyr bring Clara Barton to life with an astonishing degree of realism. The frame of this fascinating nonfiction picture book is Barton’s work with the wounded at the Battle of Antietam in Dece Clara Barton was a self-taught Civil War-era nurse who successfully treated wounded Union soldiers, frequently gaining access to them before first aid supplies could arrive. In To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam (Calkins Creek, 2022), author Claudia Friddell and illustrator Christopher Cyr bring Clara Barton to life with an astonishing degree of realism. The frame of this fascinating nonfiction picture book is Barton’s work with the wounded at the Battle of Antietam in December, 1862. The text includes both Friddell’s ethereal verse and Clara Barton’s own words artfully rendered in verse-like passages. The two voices blend to create a narrative encompassing Barton’s courageous physical actions and her calm but passionate interior observations. Christopher Cyr’s incredible illustrations are breath-takingly lifelike. Created as digital paintings in Adobe Photoshop, the pictures are exemplary in how they convey three-dimensionality. In “Time-Traveling with Clara Barton and Illustrator Christopher Cyr,” a recent Nerdy Book Club post, Cyr explains how he used scale models and stereographic images of the battlefield and surrounding area to create the depth and perspectives that make his artwork so authentic and realistic. Because the narrative frame is so tightly focused, the book’s back matter is especially important. Again using Barton’s own words, as well as photographs, Claudia Friddell provides rich context about the Battle of Antietam and Clara Barton’s eventful life before and after the war. Because of its slightly elevated language and some mildly gory images, To the Front! is best suited for those young readers in upper elementary grades and beyond. This review originally appeared on my What's Not Wrong? blog in slightly different form.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Clara Barton was one of my first heroes. I remember finding a biography of her in the children's library when I was 10 and I was hooked on her and all that she accomplished. She was an amazing woman and I never stopped being in awe of her and the things she did when women just were not typically allowed to do those things. I do not really remember reading anything but that biography [it was a small library and there was more than likely no other books on her there], but I read it over and over u Clara Barton was one of my first heroes. I remember finding a biography of her in the children's library when I was 10 and I was hooked on her and all that she accomplished. She was an amazing woman and I never stopped being in awe of her and the things she did when women just were not typically allowed to do those things. I do not really remember reading anything but that biography [it was a small library and there was more than likely no other books on her there], but I read it over and over until at one point I had it practically memorized. By the time I was old enough to seek out other books on her, I had moved on with other biographies, but I have always wanted to go back and read more on her. Who knew that opportunity would come in a children's picture book. I had no idea that Clara Barton had been at Antietam [one of the deadliest battles in the Civil War], though it doesn't surprise me, considering all the other battles she was at and all the good she did for the soldiers and the surgeons fighting for those poor men's lives. Her bravery and endurance in that battle alone should have earned her a medal; there are documented men who were not nearly as brave as she was. Told in both her words and in verse from the author and gorgeously illustrator [you feel like you are right there with her during the battle], it tells the story simply but powerfully and left me in awe of her once again by the end. What a fantastic way to introduce children to this amazing woman. There is more information on her in the back that is also enlightening and will offer chances to have really great discussion with whomever is reading this amazing book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - what a great way to learn about a woman who defied ALL the odds and came out on top. Fantastic. Thank you to NetGalley, Claudia Friddell, Christopher Cyr [Illustrator], and Astra Publishing House/Calkins Creek for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thanks to Netgalley and Astra Publishing House, Calkins Creek for a free digital copy. A strikingly illustrated picture book depicting Clara Barton's role in nursing at the front in the Battle of Antietam. It interweaves Clara's own words with poetry that aids more plot to the story. This is a great read for older children that will be able to see the role Clara played more than the gore (which is well handled) on the page. Thanks to Netgalley and Astra Publishing House, Calkins Creek for a free digital copy. A strikingly illustrated picture book depicting Clara Barton's role in nursing at the front in the Battle of Antietam. It interweaves Clara's own words with poetry that aids more plot to the story. This is a great read for older children that will be able to see the role Clara played more than the gore (which is well handled) on the page.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morris

    I loved everything about this book. The story includes words from Clara Barton's own journal and there are interesting supplemental facts included at the end. The illustrations are stunning! They're easily some of the best I have ever seen in a children's book. Highly recommended! This unbiased review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. I loved everything about this book. The story includes words from Clara Barton's own journal and there are interesting supplemental facts included at the end. The illustrations are stunning! They're easily some of the best I have ever seen in a children's book. Highly recommended! This unbiased review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lee

    Thanks to Calkins Creek for the review copy! Blog review to follow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renee Bowman

    I really enjoyed the way the book was told through both Clara's words and the author's poem. I really enjoyed the way the book was told through both Clara's words and the author's poem.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This is a revelation of the early acts that distinguished Clara Barton as a brave, dedicated, and knowledgeable woman whose efforts were essential in saving lives and reducing suffering among the wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Friddell sets the stage for these harrowing scenes by blending actual text from Barton’s journals in blue font, paired with the author’s own free verse text in three-line stanzas and full paragraphs. This clear-eyed but dramatic account relates events through intim This is a revelation of the early acts that distinguished Clara Barton as a brave, dedicated, and knowledgeable woman whose efforts were essential in saving lives and reducing suffering among the wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Friddell sets the stage for these harrowing scenes by blending actual text from Barton’s journals in blue font, paired with the author’s own free verse text in three-line stanzas and full paragraphs. This clear-eyed but dramatic account relates events through intimate perspectives of Clara’s wagon, Clara’s men, Clara’s hands, Clara and the doctors, her discoveries, her comforting, her endurance, her impact. Clara’s own words and the author’s text weave seamlessly but distinctly. Together they forge an effective trail that leads readers into the battlefields, into her makeshift and groundbreaking support efforts, and into connections and empathy with Clara, the doctors, the men who volunteered to serve as her team, and the victims of war. Back matter includes short perspectives on Clara, the consequences of her efforts, her personal missions before and after the war years, and her connections with other leaders of the time. The bibliography and notes included offer a wealth of reliable resources to answer curious questions or launch further research. The illustrations are also a rich source of historic information, tone, social patterns, and gender expectations. The shifting perspectives of panoramic scenes and close portrayal of Barton’s reactions and worries feel theatrical and compelling, raising the suggestion that a nonfiction story told this well would make a valuable film or video. The name “Clara Barton” is one of the better known in American history, yet the extent of what most would know about her could fit on a JEOPARDY “answer” cue. A deep dive, as this is, dense with well-selected and appropriately placed primary source quotations, is exactly what it takes to waken all of us, at any age, to the full truths of Clara Barton’s life, and of our national history.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maya Lemaire

    I feel the subject of this book is fascinating. The illustrations are also gorgeous and very detailed. I love how the artist paid focus to something as small as dirty hand prints on a white door. I also love the writing taken from Clara Barton herself. I also think the concept of using the words from the original Clara and then adding to it for a modern audience is also very clever. However, I did not like the writing from the author. I felt like it was very stilted, confusing and repetitive. It I feel the subject of this book is fascinating. The illustrations are also gorgeous and very detailed. I love how the artist paid focus to something as small as dirty hand prints on a white door. I also love the writing taken from Clara Barton herself. I also think the concept of using the words from the original Clara and then adding to it for a modern audience is also very clever. However, I did not like the writing from the author. I felt like it was very stilted, confusing and repetitive. It also wasn't consistent. If the author wanted to make a stylistic choice and do repetition in her phrasing or even almost make it poetry, then at least it should have been kept throughout the rest of the book. I felt myself skipping the repetitive parts of her sentences and reading the rest. Even when I did I didn't know why it was even included? I feel like the parts the author wrote didn't add anything, in fact it reduced my enjoyment of the story. Just having Clara's words would have been better in my opinion, or, the author could make other writing choices and include in her segments information that adds to our understanding of the story. Not repeating what Clara already said in her passages. I also found the "about" section at the back a bit boring. This is a children's book. The information at the back should be more engaging and in smaller bite sized pieces for younger readers. If its intended as a "teachers guide" then I think it should be listed as such. This section seemed very high school textbook to me and less, kids picture book. I will be looking up Clara after reading this but I feel the writing didn't do the illustrations, concept or Clara's story justice. It just didn't "flow" properly for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol V

    As a child, I read stories about Clara Barton. She was one of my heroes – a nurse of outstanding merit during the Civil War. It pleases me to see this picture book written for today's children. The end pages are light purple - a fitting color to honor a hero! Her life was one of remarkable leadership and humanitarian accomplishments. The four-page Afterword in this book details her many accomplishments and recognitions. Also, included in the back is a great bibliography, list of places to visit, As a child, I read stories about Clara Barton. She was one of my heroes – a nurse of outstanding merit during the Civil War. It pleases me to see this picture book written for today's children. The end pages are light purple - a fitting color to honor a hero! Her life was one of remarkable leadership and humanitarian accomplishments. The four-page Afterword in this book details her many accomplishments and recognitions. Also, included in the back is a great bibliography, list of places to visit, acknowledgements, and text and picture credits in this book. Claudia Friddell uses Clara’s actual words in the story by blending them in italic font with Friddell's biographical account of Clara’s accomplishments. How wonderful that Clara Barton was able to keep a journal of her life and that her thoughts could be included in this story. Travel with Clara Barton to the very war front of one of the bloodiest battlefield in the Civil War at Antietam, Virginia. This book was tediously researched by the author and well presented to readers today. Clara Barton is a stellar hero and role model for women today. Likewise, the illustrator studied real photos of life during the Civil War and on the war fields. Christopher Cyr’s illustrations resemble real-time photographs in the war fields. Colors, tone, and light or the lack of light reveal a war played out at night, nightfall, or in the early hours of day. Candles lit the way for surgeons. Clara Barton’s face, body, and hands are often lit to show her as the angel of the battle-field. And that she was. A book well created – one to be read by ages 7 to 107.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Stunning graphics that draw the eye and capture the scene well. Clara Barton is a hero and should be remembered for her acts of service, bravery, and humanitarianism. I love that a book has been written for younger readers to learn a little more about her. My favorite part tells a story through Clara’s words (would be even more poignant read aloud with emotion and appropriate pauses). It is a tribute told through two different points of view, Clara’s, in her own words, and then Claudia’s in poet Stunning graphics that draw the eye and capture the scene well. Clara Barton is a hero and should be remembered for her acts of service, bravery, and humanitarianism. I love that a book has been written for younger readers to learn a little more about her. My favorite part tells a story through Clara’s words (would be even more poignant read aloud with emotion and appropriate pauses). It is a tribute told through two different points of view, Clara’s, in her own words, and then Claudia’s in poetic form. There are rich historical details provided at the end that help fill in details for inquiring minds who want to know a little more. I would have loved this book to be present in my library and can see lots of youth enjoy learning about historical figures this way. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Hill

    Clara Barton - we think of her as the person who started the American Red Cross. Before she did that, she was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield." She came to the battlefields of the Civil War, tending wounded soldiers and giving them aid. Her work on the battlefield gained her national notoriety, but she didn't want that. She simply wanted to tend those who were wounded, and aid them. This book was amazing! I absolutely loved reading it, and getting a deeper look at Clara Barton, and her wo Clara Barton - we think of her as the person who started the American Red Cross. Before she did that, she was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield." She came to the battlefields of the Civil War, tending wounded soldiers and giving them aid. Her work on the battlefield gained her national notoriety, but she didn't want that. She simply wanted to tend those who were wounded, and aid them. This book was amazing! I absolutely loved reading it, and getting a deeper look at Clara Barton, and her work on the Antietam battlefield, and the work that she put into caring for the soldiers - as well as the work that she did for the soldiers during the Civil War. This book is perfect for kids - and it has some great historical facts at the last part of the book. Highly recommend reading this one as a family!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Librarylady

    I was really interested in reading this book about Clara Barton. The illustrations are amazing, but maybe a little too accurate for the recommended grade levels of 1-4. The doctor in the blood soaked apron, a many preparing to use a cleaver on a patient, and the blood soaked clothes of the soldiers seem a little graphic for this age group. I found the firsthand accounts from Clara Barton very interesting. However, without any supporting storyline to weave them together more completely, the story I was really interested in reading this book about Clara Barton. The illustrations are amazing, but maybe a little too accurate for the recommended grade levels of 1-4. The doctor in the blood soaked apron, a many preparing to use a cleaver on a patient, and the blood soaked clothes of the soldiers seem a little graphic for this age group. I found the firsthand accounts from Clara Barton very interesting. However, without any supporting storyline to weave them together more completely, the storyline was not easy to follow. Children reading this without the benefit of background knowledge on the battle would be completely lost. Friddell's words add very little to the story and actually detracted from it in my opinion. I don't see this as a book that kids will want to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Who is this book for? Why is it in verse when it's the author's text? (Direct quotes from Barton are integrated in blue/bolded italics which is a nice primary source touch but feels strange contrasted with some very stilted verse text otherwise. Even the backmatter feels chaotic and disjointed. I feel like by centering the specific battle of Antietam it assumes a certain level of knowledge about both Clara Barton and the Civil War and thereby fails to be informative about either. Again, who is t Who is this book for? Why is it in verse when it's the author's text? (Direct quotes from Barton are integrated in blue/bolded italics which is a nice primary source touch but feels strange contrasted with some very stilted verse text otherwise. Even the backmatter feels chaotic and disjointed. I feel like by centering the specific battle of Antietam it assumes a certain level of knowledge about both Clara Barton and the Civil War and thereby fails to be informative about either. Again, who is the audience for this? What is the purpose? Backmatter includes afterword about the battle and Barton, comprehensive bibliography, places to visit, and text/picture credits.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie (LellieReads)

    Clara Burton is one of the most notorious women of US history, which is great considering how so many get forgotten. She was a great nurse of the American Civil War and later founder of the American Red Cross, which still operates today. She also helped to find missing soldiers after the war, was a suffragist, and a civil rights activist who was acquainted with Frederick Douglas. This book is filled with a great story as well as historical facts about this great woman of history! Thank you to ne Clara Burton is one of the most notorious women of US history, which is great considering how so many get forgotten. She was a great nurse of the American Civil War and later founder of the American Red Cross, which still operates today. She also helped to find missing soldiers after the war, was a suffragist, and a civil rights activist who was acquainted with Frederick Douglas. This book is filled with a great story as well as historical facts about this great woman of history! Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    The prose poetic manner of the story might have been suited best for a non-picture book format. Also, the subject, as it is portrayed on the pages, might be too old for the picture book crowd. For at least second to young fourth grade, this book is not an easy read due to the format, but also because of the amazingly beautiful, but realistic and slightly intense imagery. While, that age group probably has seen worse in TV/Movies watched, it is not for the sensitive reader/listener/viewer. Best f The prose poetic manner of the story might have been suited best for a non-picture book format. Also, the subject, as it is portrayed on the pages, might be too old for the picture book crowd. For at least second to young fourth grade, this book is not an easy read due to the format, but also because of the amazingly beautiful, but realistic and slightly intense imagery. While, that age group probably has seen worse in TV/Movies watched, it is not for the sensitive reader/listener/viewer. Best for the classroom when doing a course on history, war, Civil War era, or Women's History Month.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Clara Barton was one of my favorite historical figures when I was a girl, and, after reading this picture book biography, I'm happy to see that she holds up as a woman of character and courage. Barton served as nurse during the Civil War, established the American Red Cross, and worked for civil rights for women and people of color. What an example of strength and wisdom she shows in this book! The book uses Barton's own words as well as poetry from the author to tell the story of Barton during the Clara Barton was one of my favorite historical figures when I was a girl, and, after reading this picture book biography, I'm happy to see that she holds up as a woman of character and courage. Barton served as nurse during the Civil War, established the American Red Cross, and worked for civil rights for women and people of color. What an example of strength and wisdom she shows in this book! The book uses Barton's own words as well as poetry from the author to tell the story of Barton during the Battle of Antietam.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Dobrez

    Notable on many levels. Excerpts from Barton's writings help tell the story of her involvement at the front of the bloodiest battle of the US Civil War. The illustrations do not shy away from that truth, showing dead bodies, injured men, and bloodied doctors and helpers, including Clara. Friddell and Cyr have created something very special here. Notable on many levels. Excerpts from Barton's writings help tell the story of her involvement at the front of the bloodiest battle of the US Civil War. The illustrations do not shy away from that truth, showing dead bodies, injured men, and bloodied doctors and helpers, including Clara. Friddell and Cyr have created something very special here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    The story of Clara Barton and the Battle of Antietam. It talks about her getting there and seeing the camps before battle and then nursing the wounded, getting shot at, assisting a surgeon, cooking, providing supplies, etc. The author's words are interspersed with Clara's words, but use color and italics to indicate which are which. A good inspiration for a history project. The story of Clara Barton and the Battle of Antietam. It talks about her getting there and seeing the camps before battle and then nursing the wounded, getting shot at, assisting a surgeon, cooking, providing supplies, etc. The author's words are interspersed with Clara's words, but use color and italics to indicate which are which. A good inspiration for a history project.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    The art is stunning!! Christopher Cyr is brilliant. This is a great story time read for older kiddos who can handle gore. There's a lot of wonderful info beyond the original story line of Clara's service during Antietam, but it does make the book feel like two separate works mashed together. Thank you to goodreads for a copy in exchange for a review. The art is stunning!! Christopher Cyr is brilliant. This is a great story time read for older kiddos who can handle gore. There's a lot of wonderful info beyond the original story line of Clara's service during Antietam, but it does make the book feel like two separate works mashed together. Thank you to goodreads for a copy in exchange for a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teri Kratz

    I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads and the publisher. The story is taken from Clara's diaries and journals. I have been fascinated with her story since I was a child. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful. I will read this again before I share it with children I know will love the book aswell. I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads and the publisher. The story is taken from Clara's diaries and journals. I have been fascinated with her story since I was a child. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful. I will read this again before I share it with children I know will love the book aswell.

  22. 4 out of 5

    BONNIE

    I've always been fascinated with Clara Barton since I was a child and loved everything about this book. The illustrations are beautifully done. I love that the author includes Clara's own words as well as her own poems. There were several facts that I didn't know about and found the book fascinating. Truly one of the best children's books I've ever read. Kudos to the author! I've always been fascinated with Clara Barton since I was a child and loved everything about this book. The illustrations are beautifully done. I love that the author includes Clara's own words as well as her own poems. There were several facts that I didn't know about and found the book fascinating. Truly one of the best children's books I've ever read. Kudos to the author!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Possible contender for the Mock Caldecott awards in January 2023. A historical fiction picture book for older children detailing the story of Clara Barton and her experiences during the battle of Antietam. The illustrations are wonderful, all of the somber colors of battle. The desperation is evident but the true horrors of the battlefield are not obvious. I'm glad I read this one. Possible contender for the Mock Caldecott awards in January 2023. A historical fiction picture book for older children detailing the story of Clara Barton and her experiences during the battle of Antietam. The illustrations are wonderful, all of the somber colors of battle. The desperation is evident but the true horrors of the battlefield are not obvious. I'm glad I read this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    About Clara Barton at the Battle of Antietam, heavily using her words with some context/flow provided by the author (and with those distinguished clearly in the text). That idea is pretty cool! I think this works better if you already have some sense of who Clara Barton is and a little about the Civil War, though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This picture book biography has expressive illustrations and excellent quotes from Clara Barton, but the author's poetry-style text doesn't add much. It is very repetitive and choppy, and mainly just rehashes the information conveyed through the eloquent quotes. This would have been more powerful without the author's additions. This picture book biography has expressive illustrations and excellent quotes from Clara Barton, but the author's poetry-style text doesn't add much. It is very repetitive and choppy, and mainly just rehashes the information conveyed through the eloquent quotes. This would have been more powerful without the author's additions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Loar

    An incredible account of Clara Barton's experiences at the Battle of Antietam, partially told in her own words. Christopher Cyr's illustrations are beautiful and haunting. Extensive back matter give additional context to her life and the times. A digital advanced reader copy was reviewed. An incredible account of Clara Barton's experiences at the Battle of Antietam, partially told in her own words. Christopher Cyr's illustrations are beautiful and haunting. Extensive back matter give additional context to her life and the times. A digital advanced reader copy was reviewed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Paul

    This is a beautiful book. It will appeal to all ages from 1-99. The words of Clara Barton are used perfectly to tell her own story, then Claudia's poetry adds a layer of depth. Christopher's illustrations are breathtaking! This really is a wonderful piece of art and history. This is a beautiful book. It will appeal to all ages from 1-99. The words of Clara Barton are used perfectly to tell her own story, then Claudia's poetry adds a layer of depth. Christopher's illustrations are breathtaking! This really is a wonderful piece of art and history.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Friddell interweaves quotes from Barton's own writing with her own text, chronicling the horrifying events of the Battle of Antietam as well as Barton's selfless heroism. Christopher Cyr's digital illustrations are hauntingly beautiful. Extensive and very helpful back matter is included. Friddell interweaves quotes from Barton's own writing with her own text, chronicling the horrifying events of the Battle of Antietam as well as Barton's selfless heroism. Christopher Cyr's digital illustrations are hauntingly beautiful. Extensive and very helpful back matter is included.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cara Byrne

    "Clara's hands,/like tools,/dig deep/to mend the broken./Clara's hands,/like prayers,/hold hope/to soothe the suffering." With vivid realistic illustrations, this book presents Clara Barton's bravery from the frontline of battle. A 2023 Caldecott contender. "Clara's hands,/like tools,/dig deep/to mend the broken./Clara's hands,/like prayers,/hold hope/to soothe the suffering." With vivid realistic illustrations, this book presents Clara Barton's bravery from the frontline of battle. A 2023 Caldecott contender.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Foster

    Excellent nonfiction picture book!! Clara Barton's own words from her journals drive the first-hand account of the battle at Antietam. The afterword is chocked full of more biographical information on the amazing life of Clara Barton. Excellent nonfiction picture book!! Clara Barton's own words from her journals drive the first-hand account of the battle at Antietam. The afterword is chocked full of more biographical information on the amazing life of Clara Barton.

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