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Jean Fritz (1915–2017)

Author of And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

73+ Works 33,328 Members 264 Reviews 12 Favorited

About the Author

Jean Fritz was born in Hankow, China on November 16, 1915. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College in 1937. She wrote picture books and historical fiction before focusing on historical nonfiction. Her first book, Bunny Hopewell's First Spring, was published in 1954. Her show more other books included And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; Shh! We're Writing the Constitution; Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; The Double Life of Pocahontas; and George Washington's Mother. Homesick: My Own Story, a collection of linked narratives, traces her life from her girlhood in China to her longed-for yet uneasy passage to America. It won a National Book Award and was named a Newbery Honor Book. She received the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, the National Humanities Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature for her body of work. She died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 101. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Jean Fritz

The Cabin Faced West (1958) 2,328 copies
Homesick: My Own Story (1982) 1,657 copies
George Washington's Breakfast (1969) 1,448 copies
The Double Life of Pocahontas (1983) 1,205 copies
The Great Little Madison (1989) 1,140 copies
George Washington's Mother (1992) 791 copies
Brady (1960) 760 copies
Early Thunder (1967) 540 copies
Make Way for Sam Houston (1751) 417 copies
Why Not Lafayette? (1999) 404 copies
Stonewall (1979) 397 copies
Leonardo's Horse (2001) 395 copies
Champion Dog Prince Tom (1958) 190 copies
Fish Head (1951) 185 copies
The Lost Colony Of Roanoke (2004) 184 copies
The World in 1492 (1992) 184 copies
Brendan the Navigator (1674) 175 copies
China's Long March (1988) 174 copies
Man Who Loved Books (1981) 116 copies
China Homecoming (1985) 86 copies
I, Adam (1963) 49 copies
Surprising Myself (1992) 26 copies
San Francisco (1962) 26 copies
How to Read a Rabbit (1959) 22 copies
So This Is Spring (1954) 16 copies
Magic to burn (1964) 16 copies
121 Pudding Street (1955) 4 copies
Appearances 3 copies
The Train (1965) 2 copies
The Late Spring. (1957) 2 copies
No title 1 copy
Surprise Party (1965) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Perilous Road (1958) — Introduction — 974 copies
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Contributor — 798 copies
Flight (1991) — Introduction — 416 copies
Winter Danger (1954) — Introduction — 175 copies
The Buffalo Knife (1952) — Introduction — 169 copies
Flight; Make it Work! (1995) — Introduction — 146 copies
Flaming Arrows (1813) — Introduction — 109 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 7, March 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 8, April 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 11, July 1976 (1976) — Contributor — 3 copies


18th century (315) 19th century (156) America (261) American (139) American history (1,107) American Revolution (516) Benjamin Franklin (106) biographies (238) biography (1,939) chapter book (147) children (266) children's (403) children's literature (141) China (151) Civil War (213) colonial (117) Constitution (129) explorers (166) fiction (373) Founding Fathers (92) George Washington (156) historical fiction (737) history (2,122) HmSch (95) Jean Fritz (104) juvenile (121) Newbery Honor (113) non-fiction (1,027) own (85) Paul Revere (115) picture book (312) presidents (211) revolution (100) Revolutionary War (386) social studies (241) Sonlight (211) to-read (84) TOG (98) US history (303) USA (172)

Common Knowledge



Kids’ chapter book set in China in Name that Book (October 2018)
Children's chapter book about kid on the Yangtze in Name that Book (February 2013)


I truly enjoyed this historical non-fiction book about the massive efforts, time, planning and finances it took to create the bronze horse that Leonardo so desperately desired to place in Milan. There is a lot of history presented in a way that older elementary and middle school students could appreciate. It would definitely be appropriate for teaching an art OR history lesson. In fact, this book would lend itself well across the curriculum for other areas, such as Science, for STEM education regarding the engineering of the actual horse statue itself. This story is not dry. There is a lot of emotion portrayed in the stories of all who helped to create Leonardo's dream to come true.… (more)
doehlberg63 | 9 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |
George Washington Allen, a boy who never gives up until he finds out what he wants to know, is determined to learn all there is to know about his namesake, including what the first president ate for breakfast!
PlumfieldCH | 9 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
Only 32 pages long, but clever, witty, and incisive. I particularly like the discussion of the evidence for the Brendan voyage and how, until 1960, the evidence for the Leif Ericsson voyage was no more than traditional tales, until the archaeological discoveries. The illustrations are rather clever, and obviously inspired by the Irish decorated manuscripts, of which the most famous is the book of Kells.
themulhern | 1 other review | Oct 27, 2023 |
Everyone has a mother. Even George Washington. But Mary Washington is nothing like you'd think! She hates to dress up. And she always thinks she knows what's best for George. After all, she's his mother! You can read more about her in this true story by Jean Fritz.
PlumfieldCH | 2 other reviews | Sep 22, 2023 |



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