Soldier Song: A True Story of the Civil War
This book was about the two sides of the Civil War and the music they sang during battles and while travelling. I thought it was fascinating how the book contained some of the sheet music that the Confederate and Union soldiers would have sung. I liked the colorful illustrations, especially the pictures of explosions and bombs. I also liked how the illustrator made the brass instruments look shiny and how the trees looked very realistic. I loved how shimmery the illustrations of water were. It was very interesting how the author included pieces of real letters that the soldiers sent home to their parents. It was neat that the author gave very specific information, like how soldiers spent their spare time writing letters to relatives, whittling wood, and telling stories. It was captivating reading about the descriptions of war and when they traveled. I enjoyed reading about what kind of music they heard as part of a schedule, like in the morning, their wake-up call was called Reveille, and their dinner call was nick-named “Roast Beef.” I certainly enjoyed reading this picture book, and if you like history, I’m sure that this is the book for you!
Debbie Levy • Gilbert Ford, Illustrator