Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch is a fabulous picture book that tells the story of a German baker's experience during the years that led up to the Revolutionary War. While it teaches about the war through a different perspective, it could inspire students to ask questions about different cultures in early America. Because Christopher Ludwick was a real person, some students may also be inspired to research more about him, as he was a generous beneficiary to many people who couldn't afford an education, in addition to a being a great baker.
New York's Bravest by Mary Pope Osbourne and Steve Johnson reads like a legend, as it tells the story of Mose Humphreys, a New York firefighter in the nineteenth century. Dedicated to the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attack, this book is a wonderful example of text written to celebrate someone. It would also lead to great discussions about what is real and what is exaggerated and what is realistic fiction and how exaggerations move it into the realm of legend.