William Wallace: The Battle To Free Scotland – Molly, MacPherson, illustrations by Teresa Martinez

William Wallace: The Battle To Free Scotland – Molly, MacPherson, illustrations by Teresa Martinez, Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, 9781782506294, 2020

Format: Paperback

Genre: Biography

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? This is the story of William Wallace, a Scotsman who opposed the leadership of Edward I, the King of England. King Edward wanted to prove to Scotland that they should obey English rule so he defeated their armies, stole their property, and punished or even killed any person that went against his orders. Wallace was enraged with this so he organized a small group of determined soldiers made up of ordinary farmers and townspeople. They did not have the power to defeat England’s army but they did possess a skill of fighting that was unique at the time. Wallace used the landscape to his advantage and tricked the English army to cross a narrow and dangerous bridge, thus causing many in the English army to drown in the rushing river. Wallace was later captured and killed by the English army but he goes down in history as a hero in Scotland.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is good for children between the ages of seven and ten. It does show a bit of English and Scottish history but also warfare history. Apparently, the tactic Wallace used was unconventional at the time and this is what made him such a great war leader. There are other historical books by illustrator Teresa Martinez including Mary, Queen of Scots, Escape For the Castle, and Robert the Bruce, The King and the Spider, and if children have enjoyed those books they would probably enjoy this as well.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Biography

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if there is an interest/need for this bit of historical information in their library/classroom collection.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: January 13, 2020


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