Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! In this dazzling tribute to the good old U.S. of A., Lynne Cheney, noted author and spouse of Vice President Dick Cheney, guides us through the ABC's of America, giving us a lesson in our country by paying homage to the people and qualities that make up our great nation.
Chock-full of useful information and exuberant pictures, America: A Patriotic Primer paints an exciting and thorough portrait of the U.S. From A to Z, each letter is given a theme, framed with stylized borders that include historical quotes, bonus facts, and people of interest. Each spread is truly a feast. The letters E and F, for example, stand for "Equality and Freedom and the Flag that we fly." Focusing on schoolchildren, the spread shows a diverse group of kids and adults raising an American flag in front of their school, with a paragraph about equality and the Pledge of Allegiance alongside. As if this weren't enough, E's and F's borders are stuffed with information, giving a timeline of important dates in equal-rights history, flag facts, and directions on proper flag folding. The other 24 letters are just as impressive, and Cheney's introduction -- along with additional explanatory information in the back -- help round it all out.
Cheney's book is an excellent resource for children wanting to learn our country's basics. Not only does she tell what America stands for, she presents the fundamentals in a thoughtful and fair way. Readers will be seeing fireworks over Glasser's plentiful illustrations, too, which breathe additional life into Cheney's words. An ideal read for anyone dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (Matt Warner)