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How "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman"

Helped Win our Independence




So, listen up, my children and I'll do my best to tell

How a teenaged French aristocrat served all of us so well.

So begins this short, playful, rhyming narrative describing the huge role the young Marquis de Lafayette played in our fight for independence.


Inspired by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, not to mention the smash hit Broadway show Hamilton, Liberty-Loving Lafayette is told in rhyming couplets.


This poetic rendition of history can be used in classrooms to teach young Americans about General Lafayette, the French Alliance, and the American Revolution.


It can also be performed in classrooms or larger venues as an entertaining short (15 minute) piece dramatizing important American history.


Who the unlikely person was who

inspired Lafayette to help America


How Lafayette's powerful father-in-law

tried to discourage his plan


Why such a high rank was given

to an inexperienced 19-year-old


How Lafayette helped strengthen

the crucial French Alliance


What Lafayette's key successes were

as a military commander in America



 2nd Place

History Nonfiction

Royal Dragonfly Book Awards



Honorable Mention

Young Adults Nonfiction

Royal Dragonfly Book Awards



 History Nonfiction 

Independent Author Network 

Book of the Year Awards



 Young Adult Nonfiction 

 Independent Author Network 

Book of the Year Awards


"A perfect example of how a writer can make history/learning history fun. . .the accompanying art is wonderful." —David Bruce Smith, author of Abigail and John, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, and co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize


"An ode to the great Lafayette, beautifully told and richly illustrated" Alan R. Hoffman, Translator,

Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825: Journal of a Voyage to the United States, and President, The American Friends of Lafayette


 "A great addition to the [Lafayette] canon"Diane Shaw, Director Emerita of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College



"Dorothea Jensen brings Lafayette to life for all ages"Chuck Schwam, American Friends of Lafayette Publisher



Unique, Informative, and Unreservedly Recommended

Beautifully illustrated throughout, "Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How 'America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman' Helped Win Our Independence" is a unique, informative, and unreservedly recommended addition to middle school, high school, and community library American Revolution history collections for young readers ages 13-18 in general, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette supplemental curriculum studies reading lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Liberty-Loving Lafayette" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9780990940814, $10.99), and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99). —Midwest Book Review


A Must Read for Both Young and Old!


It is an established fact that most Americans who are interested in our history are older. One only has to be aware of the ages of the members of historical societies to be convinced of this.

Dorothea Jensen, however, specializes in making history come alive for the young - pre-teens and teenagers. In this her latest work, a short 50 page book, she tells the story of a French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette and his pivotal role in winning the American Revolution.

Her narrative starts with the nineteen year old Gilbert learning about the American struggle for freedom from the British, covers his important participation in the conflict and in bringing France into the war, and ends with his participation in the victory at Yorktown, Virginia.

To draw young people into the story, Dorothea richly illustrates her work, and presents the pertinent historical facts in rhyming verse. As you read, you can actually experience the rhythm of a rap performer.

Knowing that the young may have short spans of attention. Dorothea quickly imparts the key points of the story in rhyme. Then she supplements her work with a glossary of terms, and, for those interested, provides comprehensive end notes for each verse detailing the action.

As a life member of the American Friends of Lafayette, and a researcher for The Lafayette Trail Project, I can assure readers that Dorothea covers all the bases of this important story with historical accuracy while making it fun to experience.

A must read for the young (and old) 5 Stars—John Becica, Goodreads Review

Good Intro

Very good introduction to the history of Lafayette.5 STARS —Stephan Patterson. Amazon Review

Someone Should Make A Play or Musical Out of This Book!

I LOVE this book! It's great for adults as well as young people. What a fantastic homage to Lafayette, who's been on our minds so much lately because of his appearances in Hamilton. I love how this book wonderfully encapsulates history with its vivid Lafayette portrayal, and how the author achieves this in such a super-engaging way, through witty, clever rhyme and poetry. And I love its multimedia approach – poetry, history, reproductions of gorgeous historical paintings. It's extraordinary the amount of accurate and sophisticated historical narrative the author fits into this wonderful book and how much the reader learns about this fascinating and important figure in American history. I learned so much about exactly who the heck Lafayette was and what he did for the American cause. Very cool, to know this, and to be entertained to boot. What a colorful figure Lafayette was! 5 Stars—M. Bancroft Johnson, Barnes & Noble Review

Brimming With Interest!

"Dorothea Jensen's latest book is a great read combining the history of Lafayette's essential role in the American Revolution with entertaining rhymes. It has interesting pictures throughout and much background information at the back, brimming with interest for readers young and old. Highly recommended." —L. Wise, Goodreads Review


Attention All U.S. History Teachers!

"As school begins this Fall in its various forms, I recommend that US history teachers add this clever and informative poem to their extra curricula assignments when teaching the history of the American Revolution. Ms. Jensen's poetic synopsis is packed with facts and is a fun method of highlighting the importance of Lafayette's contribution to the Patriots' success." —R. Hampe, Amazon Review


Whimsical Rhyming Narrative

 "As a big fan of "A Buss From Lafayette," I was delighted to read Dorothea Jensen's next book, "Liberty-Loving Lafayette!" As a French American (1st Generation), I loved discovering even more about the young and dashing Lafayette. I am proud to know of his amazing – and very French – influence on the fight for American Independence. I also enjoyed Dorothea's use of her whimsical rhyming narrative to tell the tale!" 5 Stars—Allison Brevier, Amazon Review

It Was Amazing!

"I truly enjoyed reading Liberty-Loving Lafayette: How "America's Fighting Frenchman" Helped Win Our Independence by Dorothea Jensen. The clever verses make it easy to understand Lafayette's crucial contributions to the American Revolution in a very enjoyable and memorable way. It makes learning fun for all ages. Also the archival illustrations, the glossary and the notes greatly enriched the story.

This is a jewel of a book that parents and teachers will enjoy just as much as children and teenagers."   —C. Pollak, Goodreads Review


A Great Classroom Rresource

Sometimes a rhyming narrative is just what you need to tell a story, especially if you include pictures. So Dorothea Jensen used this format to tell the story of General Lafayette's contribution to our nation's independence. Heavily researched, Dorothea's new book Liberty-Loving Lafayette presents in words and art the story of how the young Marquis De Lafayette came to the colonies in search of freedom and fought alongside the colonists until the end of the Revolutionary War.


Each left page of Jensen's work contains an image of a person or event portrayed in the narrative. The corresponding narrative relates the story. This book, designed for older students, can be used by teachers of the younger grades as well. It is a wonderful resource for any classroom, but especially for units of study about America's beginnings and fight for Independence.


Additionally, it is a wonderful companion piece to Jensen's award-winning middle-grade book A Buss from Lafayette.—Connie Huddleston, Award-Winning Author

A Fun Way to Learn

"A fun way to learn about an important piece of history and a key historical figure!"—G. Rix, Goodreads Review