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I pledge allegiance
Mora, Pat.
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Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Libby and her great-aunt, Lobo, both learn the Pledge of Allegiance--Libby for school, and Lobo for her U.S. citizenship ceremony"--
Reading Level:
AD 580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 166347.

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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction New Materials
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction New Materials
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction New Materials

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Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school--at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together--asking questions and sharing stories and memories--until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.

Author Notes

Pat Mora is a bilingual author with a special focus on children's literature. Among her awards are Honorary Doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, Honorary Membership in the American Library Association, Life-Time Membership in USBBY, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships.

Her children's books include: Water Rolls, Water Rises/El agua rueda, el agua sube. With her daughter, Libby Martinez, Pat also recently wrote I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!. A literacy advocate, Pat founded Children's Day, Book Day, El día de los niños, El día de los libros often known as Día. The year-long commitment promotes creatively linking all children and families to books, and establishing annual April Children's Day, Book Day celebrations across the country. April 2016 will be Día's 20th Anniversary. Pat's Book Fiesta captures the Día spirit.

A former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant, Pat is a popular national speaker who promotes creativity, inclusivity and bookjoy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

On Friday, Mom and I will go with . . . great-aunt Lobo to a special place . . . where she will say the Pledge of Allegiance and . . . become a citizen of the United States, exclaims Libby, the young narrator of this family story. Libby vows to practice saying the pledge with Lobo in the week leading up to the ceremony, providing an easy opportunity for the authors to integrate both lines of the pledge and discussions of its meaning into the text. Likewise, the inclusion of Spanish text not only introduces readers to potentially new vocabulary words but it also helps them understand the importance of Lobo's Mexican heritage as well as her American citizenship. Barton's warm, mixed-media illustrations echo the warmth in Lobo's words: This country is like one big family . . . that works together to take care of the people who need help. An authors' note adds more personal connections as well as a few lines of historical background about the pledge.--Miller, Annie Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Drawing from family history, Mora (The Beautiful Lady) and her daughter Martinez tell the story of a girl named Libby, whose 80-year-old Mexican-born great-aunt, Lobo, becomes a U.S. citizen. Libby proudly announces to her class that Lobo passed her citizenship test and will soon recite the Pledge of Allegiance at her swearing-in ceremony. Since Libby's class is also learning the pledge, her teacher offers a bit of background information, noting that its author, Francis Bellamy, "hoped that girls and boys would promise to be good citizens." Libby and Lolo practice the pledge together, and Lolo offers a poetic response to Libby's question about why she wants to become a citizen; after she arrived in the U.S. as a child, "the American flag-red, white, and blue-wrapped itself around me to protect me." Barton's (The Invisible Boy) digitally painted pencil sketches have a soft, smudgy quality with a pink-and-pale-blue palette that echoes the colors of the American flag. Spanish words appear occasionally, in keeping with the melting-pot theme, and Barton's art easily conveys Libby and Lobo's loving rapport. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

It goes without saying that immigration is a hot-button political issue at the moment. Mora's new book sidesteps the politics in this story of a girl named Libby and her great-aunt Lobo. The older woman has passed her citizenship exam and is about to attend a naturalization ceremony. Libby is studying the Pledge of Allegiance in her class, and is both excited and slightly nervous to lead the class in the pledge prior to her great-aunt's big day. This book succeeds in not only explaining the Pledge of Allegiance but also the reasons that her great-aunt chose to immigrate to the U. S. An author's note reveals that Lobo is a real person-Mora's aunt, who became a U. S. citizen in the 1970s. This title encapsulates what all the books in this column are about when Lobo says, "I am proud to be from Mexico and to speak Spanish and English." This is an essential purchase. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.