I really enjoyed learning of the siege of Leyden in this remarkable story of young brother and sister. I had not previously known of it. These two youth show incredible courage, love, selflessness and so many more admirable qualities. It was an engaging story and I’m sure my readers who loves historical fiction will enjoy this beautiful tale.
I had the opportunity to read this book straight through during a long car ride, and it made the time go by so fast! The sibling protagonists were adept at uncovering Spanish intrigue and aiding William of Orange-Nassau and their people in many ways, including caring for the ill and dispatching vital information received via their carrier pigeons. The best part was the ending, which resolved in unanticipated ways and was full of surprises.
The entire family loved this book! It is a historical fiction about a young sister and brother who exhibit great courage and kindness during a Spanish siege on their town. There is a mystery interwoven in the book and keeps you guessing until the end. The writing flows beautifully and the story is engaging and unpredictable. We couldn’t put down the book and had a few longer than planned bedtimes, because we couldn’t stop after just 1 or 2 chapters.
If your child love adventure and mystery, this is a book for them. Boys and girls will love this story of intrigue because two of the main characters are a boy and girl. It highlights families working together, perseverance, and taking risks for good.
This story is great because it has two equally important protagonists (a brother and sister), so it’s a story that appeals to both boys and girls. The siblings have a wonderful relationship and such good character traits. I loved all the interesting plot twists and admired the devotion of the Dutch to their homeland and also their faith in God. My brother and I raise chickens and other pet birds, so we enjoyed reading about the pigeons, too. ~Kathryn (age 11)
“The hush of a golden May afternoon lay on the peaceful, watery streets of Leyden.”
Thus begins the story of Jacqueline and her brother, Gysbert, but things do not remain peaceful for long. Leyden soon lay completely encircled by the Spanish army. With wonderfully trained carrier pigeons, determination to find a way out of the city, and a lot of courage, the two siblings believe they can help free Leyden. Augusta Huiell Seaman weaves rich historical detail into an engaging plot, complete with a father who has been missing for years, a nurse acting mysteriously, and a dangerous visitor to the city.
“When we give a book to a child, we are giving him or her ideas and language that shape their heart, mind, writing skills, and so much more, so books should be chosen carefully. The goal of The Good and the Beautiful Library is to help parents and children have access to a library of books that are of the best moral, literary, educational, and entertainment value—books like Jacqueline of the Carrier Pigeons.”—Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 1 course.
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