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Title:
The pledge of allegiance : the story behind our patriotic promise
Author:
Sonneborn, Liz.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea Clubhouse, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Describes how and why Francis Bellamy came to write the Pledge of Allegiance, explaining the meaning of the pledge and the controversies surrounding it.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 1.0 75789.
ISBN:
9780791073360
Format :
Book

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This patriotic series focuses on the songs, documents, speeches, and poems that have become part of American history and American life today. Through easy-to-read text and historical photographs, students will gain insight into how America's democratic values were formed. On Columbus Day 1892, students across the country recited the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as the American flag was raised above their schools.


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Booklist Review

Reviewed with Liz Sonneborn's The Star-Spangled Banner0 . Gr. 3-5. From the America in Words and Song series, these slender books offer informative, balanced discussions. The history of the pledge is complex. Written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, it was accompanied by a straight-armed salute until World War II, when the similarity to the Nazi salute prompted a change. Sonneborn discusses the wording phrase by phrase and places it within its historical context ( indivisible0 refers to the Civil War). In 1954, the words "under God" were inserted. Star-Spangled Banner0 details the story behind the song and discusses the words' meaning. Congress first debated whether to make this song the national anthem in 1912 (people objected that it was too hard to sing). One of the best qualities of the series is Sonneborn's evenhanded approach, making clear that both the anthem and the pledge have an ongoing history of controversy as well as wide acceptance. With an abundance of color illustrations, including reproductions of photos, prints, and paintings from many eras, the books have an accessible, attractive look. Each ends with a well-designed time line, a glossary, and lists of recommended books and Internet sites. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Graves discusses the circumstances leading up to the Revolutionary War, the difficulties surrounding the framing of the Declaration of Independence, and the words forming its basic principles. A spread displays the document in its entirety. Beginning with the most recent controversy about the oath, Sonneborn introduces the Pledge of Allegiance, which was first recited by students across the country on Columbus Day, 1892. Changes to and the meaning of the language in it are also examined. Color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions extend the thoughtful and carefully written texts, and captions add insightful information. Both books support national and state educational standards. Each one includes suggestions of key words for Internet searches. Useful and engaging offerings.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Young readers will enjoy learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, which many have been taught to say each day. The Pledge was first said by students across the country on Columbus Day,1892. Excerpted from The Pledge of Allegiance: The Story Behind Our Patriotic Promise by Liz Sonneborn All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.