My 7-year-old daughter has to do a report on some aspect of American history: a person, a monument, a symbol. At first she wanted to report on the American flag, but then after a couple weeks she decided that the flag was too generic of a subject.
“Everyone knows about the flag,” she said. “I want to do a report on something really interesting, like Sybil Ludington.”
“Who’s Sybil Ludington?”
“Sybil Ludington is like the female Paul Revere!” she exclaimed. “She rode on her horse and warned everyone about the red coats that were coming.”
Seriously, this kid is seven. I’d never heard of Ms. Ludington in my life. I asked her where she learned all this.
So I googled Sybil Ludington, and sure enough I found her and indeed she is the female Paul Revere, only cooler. And so my 1st grade daughter is doing a report on Sybil Ludington. She researched and wrote it all on her own and it’s pretty darn good.
So Megan McDonald, you and Judy Moody rock. Thanks for teaching my girl about a strong woman who made a difference in history. Kudos for writing it in a way to make her want to know more. That’s what I call a great children’s book.