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The Monuments Men Part 6...The Finale

THE MONUMENTS MEN  Part 6  The Finale


Moving on to Italy and the Tuscan and Florentine treasures…

In Italy, museum officials had evacuated their holdings to various countryside locations such as the Tuscan villa of Monteguifoni, which housed some of the Florentine collections.

As Allied Forces advanced through Italy, the German army retreated north, stealing paintings and sculptures as they fled.  As German forces neared the Austrian border, they were forced to store most of their loot in various hiding places such as a castle at Sand in Taufers and a jail cell in San Leonardo.

Beginning in late March 1945, Allied forces began discovering these hidden repositories in what would become the greatest treasure hunt in history.  In Germany alone, US forces found about 1,500 repositories that contained art and cultural objects looted from institutions and individuals across Europe, as well as from German and Austrian museum collections

Some repositories of special note were:

Berchtesgaden, Germany – 1,000 paintings and sculptures stolen by Hermann Goring.  The cache had been evacuated from his country estate, Carinhall, and moved in 1945 to protect it from invading Russian troops.

Bernterode, Germany – four coffins containing the remains of Germany’s greatest leaders including Frederick the Great and  Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg

Merkers, Germany – General George Patton in April 1945 found

 Reichsbank gold, along with 400 paintings and other crates of treasure.  More dismal discoveries included gold and personal belongings from Nazi concentration camp victims.

Altaussee, Austria – This extensive complex of salt mines served as a huge repository for stolen art including Vermeer’s The Astronomer and The Art of Painting, and paintings from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples stolen by Hermann Goring.

San Leonardo, Italy – In the jail cell of this very northern town Allied officials discovered paintings from the Uffizi that had been hurriedly unloaded by retreating German troops…paintings by Botticelli, Filippo Lippi and Giovanni Bellini.

This is a very superficial listing, and the scope of the project truly defies imagination.


By July 1945, US forces had established three central collecting points within the US Zone in Germany, and American organizational skills started to take over.

The first director of the collecting points, Captain Walter Farmer,  and 35 others who were in charge of the Wiesbaden collection point, were compelled to draw up what has become known as the “Wiesbaden Manifesto” on 7 November 1945 declaring “We wish to state that, from our own knowledge, no historical grievance will rankle so long or be the cause of so much justified bitterness as the removal for any reason of a part of the heritage of any nation even if that heritage may be interpreted as a prize of war.”

 

Among the co-signers was Lt. Charles Percy Parkhurst of the US Navy.

Regarding the occupation of Japan, as the war neared its end in

Japan in 1945, George Stout and fellow Monuments Man Major Laurence Sickman recommended creating an MFAA division in Japan.  Consequently the Arts and Monuments Division …of the Allied Powers in Tokyo was established.

Langdon Warner, archaeologist and curator of Oriental art at Harvard’s Fogg Museum, and early mentor of Laurence Sickman, advised the MFAA Section in Japan until September 1946.


To sum it all up, the American museum establishment led the efforts to create the MFAA section both in Europe and Japan.  Included in this group were current museum directors, curators and art historians, as well as those who wanted to be museum directors, curators and art historians.


Upon returning home from service overseas, these men and women led the creation or improvement of some of the leading cultural institutitons in the US.  Many major museums employed one or more MFAA officers before or after the war, including the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Many other Monuments Men were professors at esteemed universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, New York University, Williams College and Columbia University, among others.  Paul J. Sachs’ famous “Museum Course” at Harvard educated dozens of future museum personnel.  S. Lane Faison’s passion for art history was passed on to hundreds of students and future museum leaders at Williams College in the 1960s and 1970s, some of whom are currently directors at major US museums.


Other MFAA personnel became founders, presidents, and members of cultural institutions such as the New York City Ballet, the American Association of Museums, the American Association of Museum Directors, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Society of Architectural  Historians, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as respected artists, architects, musicians and archivists.


Two Monuments Men officers were killed in Europe, both near the front lines of the Allied advance into Germany.

They were Captain Walter Huchthausen, an American scholar and architect attached to the US 9th Army, killed in April 1945 by small arms fire somewhere north of Essen and east of Aachen, Germany

And Major Ronald Edmund Balfour, a British scholar attached to the Canadian First Army, killed in March 1945 by an explosion in Cleves, Germany.

May they rest in peace.


THE END

The Monuments Men Part 5

Here is where the MonumentsMen story gets very serious.  Reader be warned!  


In 1943 the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program was established by the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied armies to help protect cultural property in war areas during and after World War II. 

This group of about 400 service members and civilians worked with military forces to safeguard historic and cultural monuments from war damage and, as the conflict of WW II came to a close, to find and return works of art and other items of cultural importance that had been stolen by the Nazis or hidden for safekeeping.

 

Many of the men and women of the MFAA went on to have prolific careers.  Largely art historians and museum personnel, they had formative roles in the growth of many of the United States’ greatest cultural institutions.

 

But even before the U.S. entered World War II, art professionals and organizations were working to identify and protect European art and monuments in danger of Nazi plundering.  Commonly referred to as the Roberts Commission, this early group was dissolved in June 1946 when the State Department took over with the formation of the MFAA.

 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower facilitated the work of the MFAA by forbidding looting, destruction, and billeting (or camping out) in structures of cultural significance.  He also repeatedly ordered his forces to assist the MFAA as much as possible.

 

This was the first time in history an army attempted to fight a war and at the same time reduce damage to cultural monuments and property.

 

“Prior to this war, no army had thought of protecting the monuments of the country in which and with which it was at war, and there were no precedents to follow…All this was changed by a general order issued by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Eisenhower just before he left Algiers, an order accompanied by a personal letter to all Commanders…the good name of the Army depended in great measure on the respect which it showed to the art heritage of the modern world.”

 

As Allied Forces made their way through Europe, liberating Nazi-occupied territories, Monuments Men were present in very small numbers at the front lines.  Lacking handbooks, resources, or supervision, this initial handful of officers relied on their museum training and overall resourcefulness to perform their tasks.

There was no established precedent for what they confronted.  They worked in the field and were also actively involved in battle preparations.  In preparing to take Florence, for example, which was used by the Nazis as a supply distribution center due to its central location in Italy, Allied troops relied on aerial photographs provided by the MFAA which were marked with monuments of cultural importance so that pilots could avoid damaging such sites during bombings.

 

When damage did occur, MFAA personnel worked to assess the damage and buy time for the eventual restoration work that would follow.  Monuments officer Deane Keller had a prominent role in saving the Campo Santo in Pisa after a mortar round started a fire that melted the lead roof, which then bled down the iconic 14th century fresco-covered walls.

Keller led a team of Italian and American troops and restorers in recovering the remaining fragments of the frescoes and in building a temporary roof to protect the structure from further damage.

 

Restoration of those frescoes continues even today.

 

Frequently entering liberated towns and cities ahead of ground troops, Monuments Men worked quickly to assess damage and make temporary repairs before moving on with Allied Armies as they conquered Nazi territory.

 

American and Allied Forces discovered hidden caches of priceless treasures, many of which had been looted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, while others had been legitimately evacuated from German, French or Italian museums for safekeeping.  Monuments Men oversaw the safeguarding, cataloguing, removal and packing of all works, regardless of their origin.


In the next installment, moving on to Italy and the Tuscan and Florentine treasures.

The Monuments Men Part 4

 It’s La Belle Ferronniere…a detour from The Monuments Men story…but connected nevertheless…

It’s impossible not to diverge here with the story of La Belle Ferronniere.  We can justify this detour because at the end of the day it is the story of another piece of misplaced art as a result of another war, World War I, and more intriguingly, has surprising Kansas City connections. 

 

 

In 1919 a returning World War I veteran named Harry Hahn and his French war bride attempted to sell what they thought was a painting by Leonardo da Vinci in New York.  The renowned art dealer, Sir Joseph Duveen declared the picture – La Belle Ferronniere – a fake without ever seeing the canvas.  The Hahns sued Duveen for slander, setting off a legal battle that would last for decades, in the course of which art authentication was forever changed.  But that is another paper.

 

The fun part of the Hahn story is the back story about Harry Hahn himself.  In 1917 he enlisted in the army, serving first in Texas and then in France.  Although he boasted that he was a highly decorated captain and an aviator, there is reason to suppose he was actually a sergeant and a mechanic.   In 1919 he married a French girl named Andree Ladoux, who lived with her godmother, Josephine Massot, a milliner.

 

One of Josephine’s friends was an eccentric woman of dubious aristocracy named Louise de Montaut, whom Andree called her “aunt.”  Mme de Montaut possessed a painting that she had always been told was by Leonardo da Vinci, and when Andree and Harry Hahn got married on July 12, 1919, she – amazingly – gave them this picture of potentially immense value as a wedding present.  Although there is some reason to doubt that she ever actually gave it to the Hahns as a gift.  From this point, the “facts” become even more tangled, and are very likely part truth and part myth.

 

Anyway, La Belle Ferronniere was brought to America, not by the Hahns when they returned to Junction City, Kansas, in 1919, where Harry became a car salesman, but by Mme de Montaut who arrived in New York June 1920.  Even before the Hahns left France they had begun to make efforts to sell the painting in the U.S.

 

 Only three days after Mme de Montaut and the painting arrived in America, Joseph Duveen received that famous early morning  phone call from a reporter at the New York World who asked his opinion of the painting that had been offered to the Kansas City Art Institute for something like $250,000.  Although he had never seen the Hahn picture, Duveen did not hesitate to declare it a fake, pointing out that the original was, after all, in the Louvre, and so this could be ONLY a copy.

 

The painting in the Louvre is a late 15th century portrait of a woman thought to be Lucrezia Crivelli, mistress of the Duke of Milan, or possibly his wife.  Another of his mistresses, Cecilia Gallerani, is depicted by Leonardo as the Lady with an Ermine which we have seen on the cover of the Monuments Men book.

 

What a tangle.  So the lawsuit between Duveen and the Hahns went on for years.  By 1996 there were 29 leins worth almost $42 million on the painting.  And this book, by John Brewer, has so much suffocating detail…Suffice it to say the names of Frank Glenn and Thomas Hart Benton are also part of the Kansas City story.

 

At the end of the day, amidst and as the result of all the intervening squabbling, the painting La Belle Ferronniere was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City on January 28, 2010.  There was lots of press surrounding the auction.  According to Sotheby’s catalog,

 “ recent technical examination of the infamous portrait including pigment analysis, indicates that the Hahn painting dates from the seventeenth century… thus confirming a previous scholarly opinion that it was not by Leonardo…although it might possibly have been painted by the French baroque painter Laurent de la Hyre.”

 

 

The presale estimate was $300,000-$500,000, and it actually sold at auction for $1,300,000 to an anonymous American private collector.  Alan and I were among the many people who wanted to see it…and I will say it was a beautiful painting as you can see from the book cover.

 

And so our detour ends…its back to The Monuments Men.

 

The Monuments Men Part 3

And so, resuming our story about the #Monuments Men…


Then…there are the Nazi albums


During the course of his research into the whereabouts of lost art and the efforts to save it, Edsel discovered the existence of two large, leather-bound photograph albums which documented portions of the European art looted by the Nazis.  The two albums were in the possession of the heirs of an American soldier who was stationed in the Berchtesgaden area of Germany in the closing days of World

War II. 

The albums were created by the staff of the Third Reich’s Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (more comfortably known as the ERR), a special unit that found and confiscated the best material in Nazi-occupied countries.  In France, the ERR engaged in an extensive and elaborate art looting operation, part of Hitler’s much larger premeditated scheme to steal art treasures from conquered nations.  The albums were created for Hitler and high-level Nazi officials as a catalog to give Hitler a way to choose the art for his own museum in Austria.  A group of these photograph albums was presented to Hitler on his birthday in 1943.  Nearly 100 albums were created during the years of their art looting operation.  We do not know what happened to the other 98.

 

These must have been amazing albums, and only the two Edsel albums are known to have survived the war.  Robert Edsel worked with the owners of the two albums to acquire them for preservation.  In November 2007, at another ceremony at The White House with the Archivist of the United States, Robert Edsel announced the existence of these albums to the public, as well as his donation of the albums to the National Archives.

 

National Archivist Allen Weinstein called the discovery “one of the most significant finds related to Hitler’s premeditated theft of art and other cultural treasures to be found since the Nuremberg trials.”

 

So in summary, these extraordinary measures taken by Robert Edsel very much put The Monuments Men on the map for the current generation.  The photos in the books are fascinating and are information for a whole new generation of Americans.

One of the iconic Da Vinci paintings, Lady With an Ermine (Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani) (see book cover and page 251) is reminiscent of and frequently mentioned in the same breath with the painting La Belle Ferronniere.  The authenticity of La Belle Ferronniere as a painting by Leonardo da Vinci was disputed in an infamous 1929 court case.  According to information provided by Sotheby’s where it was auctioned about four years ago, the work was likely painted by a French artist in the seventeenth century.

 

It’s impossible not to diverge here with the story of 

La Belle Ferronniere...More anon.

The Monuments Men Part 2

Picking up where we left off:



and the next question of course would be “What led him to the Monuments Men?”

That is a more burning and complicated question.  The more I read about Mr. Edsel’s life after 1995, the more the picture emerges of a suddenly enormously wealthy man with time to spare and money to burn…who had the brains and the interests to seek a truly original and gratifying and useful way to spend that time and money…a wonderful example of what wealth can be used to accomplish in the hands of a thoughtful person.  We don’t know anything about his personal character, but have to admire his dedication to historical preservation and research and the Monuments Men.  Clearly, he is a man entranced with this work. 

In 1996, Robert Edsel moved to Europe with his family.  While living in Florence, Italy, in the heart of the country responsible for so much that is beautiful and fine in the art world, he began to think about the methods and planning used to keep art out of the hands of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.  No wonder he started thinking about this.  Even today remnants of Mussolini’s regime are still so evident in Rome, Florence and other parts of Italy.

Following a divorce in 2000, as night follows the day, Robert Edsel moved to New York City, where he began a serious effort to learn about and understand the issue of the lost art.

By 2004, those efforts had become a full time career, and he established a research office in Dallas, his home town.  By 2005, he had gathered thousands of photographs and other documents, and began writing the manuscript for his first book, RESCUING DA VINCI.  This book received wide attention.

In September 2009, his second book, THE MONUMENTS MEN, a narrative telling of the story of the Monuments Men, was released by Hachette Book Group.  Plans included publication of that book in seventeen languages.

These were followed, as we know, by the two other books mentioned earlier.

While this was going on, he co-produced a documentary film, The Rape of Europa, based on a book by Lynn Nicholas.  Narrated by Joan Allen and well received by critics, the film began a theatrical run in September 2007 at the Paris Theatre in New York City.

In the meantime, not to waste a second, he created The Greatest Theft in History, an educational program, which includes the documentary film The Rape of Europa as well as seven hours of additional clips, a companion website featuring lesson plans, glossaries, timelines and other resources which allows teachers to utilize this material for classroom use.

Again, and most importantly, while all this was going on, Mr. Edsel created the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. 

The Foundation’s mission is “to preserve the legacy of the unprecedented and heroic work of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, known as ‘Monuments Men’ during World War II, by raising public awareness of the importance of protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict.” 

He announced the Foundation’s creation during a ceremony at The White House on June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of D-Day.

Then…there are the Nazi albums     Stay tuned!

The Monuments Men Part 1

To begin, we have Robert M. Edsel.  He is the modern man who has single handedly put the Monuments Men back on the map, so to speak.  He is the author of several books about the work of the Monuments Men,

such as RESCUING DA VINCI: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and her Allies Recovered It, published in 2006. 

And THE MONUMENTS MEN: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, published in 2010.

And SAVING ITALY: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis, published in early 2013.  In fact he was here in Kansas City just last spring as a guest of Rainy Day Books promoting this book.

And most recently ROSE VALLAND: Resistance at the Museum, published in October 2013.  Remember Rose’s name…she is really Cate Blanchett.

Mr. Edsel’s  movie THE MONUMENTS MEN is based on the 2010 book mentioned above.  It was due to be released this December just in time for the Academy Awards, but at the last minute the producer George Clooney declared that some of the special effects were just too “cheesy” for his movie and that they simply didn’t have enough skilled people to bring it in on time.

And so they re-scheduled the film, co-produced by Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox and Babelsberg Studio, to be released on February 7, 2014 which of course is today.

Just to whet our appetite,  please note that the cast includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin (of  The Artist fame) Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville (of  Downton Abbey fame) and last but not least, Cate Blanchett in the role of Rose Valland.   

More about the movie: 

Based on fact, the film focuses on an Allied platoon made up of seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, tasked with going into Germany in the closing stages of World War II to rescue artworks requisitioned by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners.

Principal photography began in early March 2013 at the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany, and in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and the Harz, where the City of Osterwieck was a particularly important place for the outdoor scenes.  A cast of thousands was needed for the military scenes.  Some of the scenes, including flights and American war base footage, were filmed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire UK.  Filming was scheduled to last until the end of June 2013, wrapping up in Rye, East Sussex.

So to learn more about this Robert M. Edsel, the person who set all this activity in motion...

He was born in 1956 in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Dallas, Texas.  He is the son of Norma Louise (a housewife) and Alpha Ray Edsel (a stockbroker).  At one time, he was a nationally ranked tennis player.

In 1981 Robert Edsel began his business career in oil and gas exploration…in Texas, one would think.  His company, Gemini Exploration, pioneered the use of horizontal drilling technology throughout the early 1990s.  Gemini Exploration grew from a company with eight employees to almost 100.

By 1995, Gemini had become the second most active driller of horizontal wells in the United States and Robert Edsel sold the company’s assets to Union Pacific Resources Company.

So that answers the question of “Where did he and his wealth come from?” and the next question of course would be “What led him to the Monuments Men?”
 
Stay tuned for the next installment.

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MALLIKA is a tiger with a temper. Her short fuse is ignited first by her infuriating brother Ben and then by a mischievous band of jeering monkeys. Short-tempered Mallika even manages to get mad at herself!

It takes Mallika a while to figure out that being angry is no fun and that a tantrum doesn't make things better.

India's Ranthambhore National Park is the scene of Jami Parkison's powerful story about managing anger. Once the private hunting grounds of maharajahs, Ranthambhore is now a wildlife sanctuary and home to the magnificent Bengal tiger. Under ancient banyan trees and among ruins of palaces and pavilions, this now endangered species rules the landscape. Ranthambhore is home to a host of exotic species, including leaping sambar deer, the regal peacock, the imposing tree-pie bird, and the revered langur monkey. Artist Itoko Maeno captures the mystery and excitement of Mallika's world in compelling watercolor illustrations.

So journey to India and Mallika's world and meet an amazing little tiger who learns amazing ways to control her hot temper.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about India, India's People, the Ranthambhore National Park, the Peacock, the Sambar, the Banyan Tree, the Cicada, the Tree-Pie, the Langur Monkeys, and best of all the Bengal Tiger. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...learning to manage and control anger and temper tantrums. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.


MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.

Read WITH your children and grandchildren, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent



These reviews are from EMILY BREAKS FREE Bullying Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Version)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great lesson, October 10, 2012

By

Stephanie -

A great read to kids about bullies and feelings. We loved the doggies as the people in this story. Every kid should read this.

5.0 out of 5 stars Too cute, October 5, 2012

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Jeffery Baker - This made my girlfriend giggle, she loves puppy tales. The mixture of different breeds havinc fun together made it even more cute!

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures..., August 4, 2012

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critters -

The pictures here are beautiful and are nicely optimized for Fire; the landscape format will even override a locked screen for maximum viewing. The print can be double-tapped to enlarge, a fact that probably should be explained for readers who aren't aware. Most highly recommended!

4.0 out of 5 stars That Dog Is a Bully, July 18, 2012

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Nancy Mauerman (Portland, OR) - Emily, a dog in Boston, breaks from her person, meets a bully and a new dog to the city and finds herself in a pickle. The bully is funny and entertaining at the new dog's expense but his jokes create bad feelings inside Emily. She changes direction and breaks free from the bully. The lesson the book presents is direct but not preachy, the pictures are simply beautiful and echo the story's message through the body language of the dogs. I had some problems with the small text but I love the book plus at the end I found a map and sketch of all the important sights mentioned in the story.
I like stories that focus on noticing the feelings inside and making big choices, like this one.

Here is the description for the famous anti-bullying book...also FREE
October 22-26

EMILY BREAKS FREE

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Fully Illustrated Version

Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6

This version of EMILY BREAKS FREE includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.


BULLYING - COPING WITH PEER ABUSE

EMILY BREAKS FREE will help address the problem of bullying in a non-threatening context and suggest techniques for responding to a bully.

Emily is a nice, playful little dog. So why would she join forces with a big
bully like Spike? Even Emily is confused about the answer to that question. It's true that Spike makes Emily laugh, in spite of herself, and he is fun-in a way. Emily is flattered when Spike invites her to tag along with him.

But when Spike begins teasing a fluffy outsider named Cotton, Emily is sorry to see the hurt look on the little dog's face. And the dog biscuit Spike takes from Cotton does not taste as good as Emily had thought it would. Emily really regrets being lumped together with Spike as among "the meanest ol' dogs" Cotton has ever encountered.

Just when Emily is wondering how to make things right, a bewhiskered terrier named Emerson saunters onto the scene. A dog of principle, Emerson shows Emily that it is possible to break free of Spike.

Emily's story unfolds along the Freedom TrailTM, Boston's famous walking tour of historic sites from the Revolutionary era-the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and more. These scenes of the American struggle for independence from Britain are a fitting backdrop for Emily's struggle to free herself from Spike and his tyrannical ways!

Author Linda Talley's compelling, graceful and carefully researched story about resisting bullying and finding freedom is irresistible reading for young and old alike. Illustrator Andra Chase's captivating watercolor depictions of the
colorful cast of characters, as well as her also carefully researched renderings of historic American buildings and other sights on the Freedom Trail will help bring this important story to life for all readers.

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" whch includes lots of facts about the American Revolution, Boston, and the Freedom Trail, as well as interesting notes about Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Old South Meeting House, Boston Common and more. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in colorful descriptions of Colonial Boston.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with the young reader about the message of the story...how to cope with bullying. So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

There are specific methods to avoid and cope with bullying embedded in the story.

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