Twice a Hero

cover_TwiceAHeroMomsChoiceAwardThe wonder of American Revolutionary history is fully presented in this story of two young Polish men, one a Count, the other a plain man, who became heroes for freedom in Revolutionary America. Pulaski died while trying to save Savannah, Georgia, from the British. Kosciuszko won two major battles, one at Saratoga, another at West Point, and returned to Poland to become a hero there as well.

The final wonders are all the surprises to be discovered about the history and heroes of our country.

You will be able to look at the DVD with this book to see the way Casimir Pulaski lived before coming to America to help to win the Revolution. The DVD shows how he became a genuine Polish American war hero.


Awards & Accolades:

  • Mom’s Choice Award
  • Commendations from the City of Chicago Board of Education
  • This book was widely distributed within the Chicago Public School system
    • (The City of Chicago has the second largest Polish population in the World)

Review: Sunday, March 4, 2007 – Chicago Sun Times – By Deborah Abbott

Kids don’t always know what a school holiday is all about, and a good example is Casimir Pulaski’s birthday, celebrated on the first Monday in March – tomorrow – and only in Illinois.

A new book about Pulaski and Thaddeus Kosciuszko, another Polish hero of the Revolutionary War, offers insight in a clever format for readers 9 and up. Twice A Hero, by Dirk Wales, illustrated by Lynn Ihsen Peterson (Great Plains Press, 32 pages, $18.95), comes with a 10-minute DVD called “Twice A Hero: The Story of Casimir Pulaski.”

This unusual history, lavishly illustrated in pen and ink and watercolor paintings, concentrates on the military skills these officers taught American farmer-soldiers. Gen. Pulaski’s story comes to life in the well-scripted DVD, while Col. Kosciusko’s unfolds in the book.

Pulaski led a cavalry unit successfully in both the east and the south. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Savannah in 1779.

Kosciuszko, a military engineer, helped win the Battle of Saratoga, and his fortifications at West Point thwarted British efforts to ascend the river. He returned to Poland after the war.

Crisp, detailed maps enhance the history.

Deborah Abbott is the librarian at Red Oak School in Highland Park and a longtime children’s reviewer for the Sun-Times

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