The Legend of Betsy Dowdy
Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416928164, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
One brave girl, one strong pony, one desperate ride to deliver a crucial message that would change the course of American history. Betsy is the girl power answer to Paul Revere.
Repeated for over two hundred years as an oral tradition, the legend of Betsy Dowdy is a classic American tale of a girl who simply believed she could be free. Inspired by the danger and daring of this ordinary North Carolinian girl, THE RIDE is a story about stepping up to help the cause you believe in, doing even what little you can, and building the United States of America.
Marjorie Priceman, illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! "by Lloyd Moss and "Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the Frist Hot-Air Balloon Ride", which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.