Inspired by the Broadway hit, HAMILTON, and by Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," author Dorothea found playful couplets forming in her head about the Marquis de Lafayette. Combining her passion for history with her delight in composing rhymes, Dorothea ended up writing this unique rhyming history of Lafayette’s key role in our Revolution. Aimed at young and older adults, this playful historical account would be entertaining and educational to perform in a classroom or other setting.
Dorothea Jensen is proud to be one of a very few people who has boarded a pirate ship and attacked a Viking vessel manned by real Vikings wearing horns and furs. She was born in Boston, but grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois, site of the Viking adventure. She then earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, taught middle and high school English, tutored refugees in ESL, written grant proposals for various arts organizations, written a play performed in Noh style, and raised three children.
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, has been used in classrooms for many years as an enrichment resource for kids studying the American Revolution. Her next novel, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991.
Dorothea also writes modern Christmas stories in verse. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these award-winning Santa's Izzy Elves story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves savvy in modern technology.
Woo hoo! The magicians at Bublish got Liberty-Loving Lafayette into their program so I can write bubbles! This picture was actually painted at the request of Washington when Lafayette was about to go back to France in the middle of the war. (He was seeking more aid for America.) We saw the original of this picture when it was on loan to Mount Vernon in 2019. Lafayette certainy looks young and perhaps naive in this portrait. He also oozes charm! No wonder Washington became so genuinely fond of him.