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To the Front!

Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam

Claudia Friddell, Christopher Cyr (Illustrator)


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This powerful tribute to Civil War nurse Clara Barton and her heroic efforts during the 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 of 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.

Praise For To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam

★ "Beautifully illustrated by Christopher Cyr, this picture book captures the 'Angel of the Battlefield' with realism and power. Cyr is a master at showing contrast between light and darkness, conveying Barton’s ability to be an agent of hope in the midst of despair...using repetition in the poetic text, emphasis is placed on Clara’s hands, her curious observations, and the endless cannon fire of the deadliest battle in American military history... a brilliant introduction to the Civil War for students of any age and demonstrates how one determined person can make a world of difference." —School Library Connection

Calkins Creek, 9781635923223, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

About the Author

Claudia Friddell loves the magic of bringing history to life and is the author of SAVING LADY LIBERTY; GOLIATH; and GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPIES.

Christopher Cyr is an award-winning freelance illustrator living in Massachusetts. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design's Illustration program, his illustrations are painted digitally in Adobe Photoshop. Some pieces integrate scanned sketches and watercolor textures.
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