Welcome to the website featuring all three
Lafayette titles by Dorothea Jensen!
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A complete teacher’s guide (with answers) for using A Buss from Lafayette to help young readers learn about the crucial role played by Lafayette and the French Alliance in our fight for independence.
Like the rest of the world, I am trapped in my home for The Duration, so I decided to post “readaloud” videos of the first nine chapters of A Buss from Lafayette.
If the following videos below do not work on your devices, follow the link below each one to watch it directly on Vimeo.
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I’m happy to announce that A Buss from Lafayette just won first place in the Young Adult category of the 2019 Red City Review Book Awards. (By the way, I won first place in the 2014 Red City Book Awards in the Children/Young Adult category for Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf.)
I happened across this recent announcement. I’d love to go see this, if we’re ever able to travel again!
In December 2019, I had the pleasure of accompanying Julian Icher, Founder and Executive Director of The Lafayette Trail to a meeting at the New Hampshire DOT in Concord. The subject under discussion was the installation of markers in New Hampshire at key points on Lafayette’s journey through the state during his Farewell Tour of 1824-5. On the screen behind me, the long covered bridge at Cornish, NH, is pictured.
In September, 2019, during a quick visit to Paris, I kept an eye out for references to Lafayette in his nation’s capital, with the understanding that the Frenchman so pivotal in our own nation’s history is less than revered in his own country. (Apparently he was loathed by both ends of the political spectrum during the French Revolution because he advocated following a middle path: keeping the monarchy but putting controls on it as per England’s parliament.
Still, I did find his name engraved inside the Arc de Triomphe along with other generals from the French Revolution.
I also spotted a few signs and streets named after ‘Our Marquis” (as the Continental soldiers called him). Here are a couple of pix taken out the window of a fast-moving Parisian taxi.
Yesterday it was my great honor to be part of the Lafayette Day program at the New Hampshire State House in Concord. I sang two songs. The first, “Lafayette, We Hear You Singing” was written in 1918. It is similar in spirit to “Over There” in which “The Yanks are coming. . .”, but this song has special reference to the debt we owe France because of Lafayette. The second song was one in which New Hampshire was referred to as the Granite State for the first time. It was composed to honor Lafayette when he visited Concord on June 22, 1825. I also gave a short talk about A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, and read an excerpt describing the famous Revolutionary War hero’s reception on that day. I loved that I was speaking in the NH House of Representatives Chamber, where Lafayette himself spoke on the occasion I was reading about. Also, it was fun to sing the second song only a few feet from where it was originally performed nearly 200 years ago!
Thanks to Virginia Eskin for playing the piano at this historic event!
A Buss from Lafayette and its Teacher’s Guide!