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Title:
Red, white, blue, and Uncle who? : the stories behind some of America's patriotic symbols
Author:
Bateman, Teresa.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 2.0 54782.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.8 4 Quiz: 26489 Guided reading level: T.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780823412853
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

If you have ever wondered how it is that the American flag is made up of stars and stripes or where Uncle Sam came from, you finally have a way to find the answers to these questions. In fact, this book discusses the origins of all the major American patriotic symbols that you can think of: the Great Seal, the Liberty Bell, "The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.


Author Notes

Teresa Bateman is a school librarian, a storyteller and the author of many lively stories and poems for children. She has won both the Storytelling World Award and the Anne Izard Storyteller's Award. Her books include Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? and Keeper of Soles, an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

John O'Brien is a cartoonist whose work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is the creator of many children's picture books and the illustrator of many more, including Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? by Teresa Bateman. He lives in New Jersey.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. This upbeat volume presents 17 "patriotic symbols," an umbrella term that encompasses everything from the flag to Uncle Sam, from Mount Rushmore to the Korean War Memorial. Bateman finds plenty of interesting information to share about each symbol or site, and browsers will be entertained by the many stories of origination, construction, and history. Students researching the topics will regard this book as a lucky find: a dependable source of data and a good read, illustrated with unexpected humor. O'Brien's ink drawings will reward observant children with plenty of playful action and comical details, such as the crew of painters that troop toward the White House with buckets labeled red, blue, green, and oval. Some topics, such as the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, are illustrated with less levity, but with graphic skill, originality, and style. Never stuffy, this may hook as many browsers as researchers. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-This information-packed potpourri of trivia and important facts does indeed give the stories behind 17 American patriotic symbols as diverse as Uncle Sam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Great Seal. The lively text moves along so merrily that readers will be surprised to discover how much material is included. Each topic is given two to four pages including one or more sophisticated, witty, black-and-white line drawings. For the most part, the information is clear and complete. The coverage of the Korean War Memorial is especially welcome as there is not much in print on it. However, explaining the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict in a few sentences proves somewhat difficult. The text throughout the book is easy to read with uncomplicated sentences and short paragraphs and plenty of white space. This appealing book will be welcomed by report writers and browsers and will be a great addition to units on American history.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.