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America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

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by Katharine Lee Bates, Bryan Collier (Illustrator), Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Mary Grand Pre (Illustrator), Raul Colon (Illustrator)
A moving celebration of "America the Beautiful" featuring artwork from ten distinguished artists and inspiring presidential quotes!

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: TOGETHER WE STAND Each of our presidents has had a unique vision of America. In AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, these ideas are translated into gorgeous illustrations by such top artists as Bryan Collier, Jon


A moving celebration of "America the Beautiful" featuring artwork from ten distinguished artists and inspiring presidential quotes!

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: TOGETHER WE STAND Each of our presidents has had a unique vision of America. In AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, these ideas are translated into gorgeous illustrations by such top artists as Bryan Collier, Jon J Muth, Diane Goode, Mary GrandPre, Raul Colon, Sonia Lynn Sadler, Yuyi Morales, John Hendrix, LeUyen Pham, and Chris Soentpiet. Each of these talented illustrators has found a unique way to interpret the values and beliefs that have built our great country.
Through moving illustrations, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL integrates the lyrics of the familiar patriotic tune with inspiring presidential quotations. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL will help teach children about our country's great leaders while highlighting American values such as diversity, unity, and freedom. In addition, the back cover will feature a quote from the winner of the 2012 presidential election.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, and LeUyen Pham are among 10 top-drawer illustrators that form a more perfect union of sorts, interpreting lines from Bates’s popular patriotic song; each spread also features a stirring quote from a famous American. Some artists take a direct approach: Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré, who has “For amber waves of grain,” and a quote from Thomas Jefferson (“I believe... that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another”) shows a trio of children in a radiant field of grass, turning a weathered tree trunk into a literal prairie schooner. Sonia Lynn Sadler, one of several artists that go the mural route, contributes the book’s most striking and least literal image; she uses “Above the fruited plain” (paired with the opening of the Gettysburg Address) to imagine a quilting bee where Americans of all ages and backgrounds stitch together patches celebrating the nation’s greatest hits (the Statue of Liberty, the St. Louis arch, the space shuttle), a smart outlet for her folk-art style. A visually rich and much-needed reminder of America’s collective resilience. All ages. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
ZEN SHORTS by Jon J Muth was a Caldecott Honor Book.

DAVE THE POTTER, MARTIN'S BIG WORDS, and ROSA, all illustrated by Bryan Collier, were Caldecott Honor Books.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS, illustrated by Diane Goode, was a Caldecott Honor Book.

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Each line of the familiar song is according a two-page spread and accompanied by an image from one of ten different illustrators, as well as an American symbol and a presidential quote. Sonia Lynn Sadler’s artwork accompanying the line “Above the fruited plain!” shows a diverse group of individuals working on a quilt. Accompanying this is the Liberty Bell placed atop a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. With each turn of the page, the reader sees the people and places of America as envisioned by these ten well-known illustrators: Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Diane Goode, Mary Grandpré, John Hendrix, Yuyi Morales, Jon J. Muth, LeUyen Pham, Sonia Lynn Sadler, and Chris Soentpiet. There is an incredible amount of creativity and hopefulness apparent on these pages. Students can research the source of the quotes. Each individual element (e.g., illustration, symbol, and quote) lends itself to discussion, as does the double-page spread taken as a whole, and, for that matter, the entire book. Backmatter provides explanations of the symbols. Inside of the book jacket is a poster of all the U. S. presidents. Included are the words to four verses of America the Beautiful, although without the tune. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo AGERANGE: Ages 7 to 10.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5—When illustrations from 10 prominent children's book artists are combined with the words from Bates's "America the Beautiful" and quotations from a range of United States presidents, the result is a beautiful, patriotic ode to the best of our nation. This multifaceted concept is elegantly executed in a book that will be useful to anyone seeking to engage children in learning more about American history, landmarks, and symbols. Words from Jimmy Carter set the tone, saying, "We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams." Each illustration, masterfully rendered by artists such as Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, LeUyen Pham, and Chris Soentpiet, among other stars, depicts a multiethnic, multicultural view of the possibilities America represents. The book design successfully integrates the various elements. Pictorial spreads leave one panel open for the quotations, while Bates's words appear in large type at the bottom or top of each illustration. The quotations all focus on helping others and being our best selves, individually and as a country. In a time when political debate is sharply divided, this book reminds us that some ideals are part of our national heritage and stand above the disagreements.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews
What better way to make this patriotic song meaningful to kids than with these lively illustrations by 10 different illustrators? Each spread portrays a line or phrase from the song with a sidebar quote from a president (cherry-picking from Washington to Obama). For "For amber waves of grain," Mary GrandPré depicts three kids and a dog pretending to be sailing on a boat that's a dead tree amid a field of wheat; this is paired with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: "I believe…that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another." An interior spread ("with brotherhood") by LeUyen Pham repeats the cover, picturing kids wearing red-and-white striped outfits representing the flag's stripes and kids in blue sweaters with stars completing the flag. The quote is from Theodore Roosevelt: "Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground." The other illustrators are Diane Goode, Jon J Muth, Yuyi Morales, John Hendrix, Bryan Collier, Chris Soentpiet, Raúl Colon and Sonia Lynn Sadler. Handsomely designed, this is a beautiful tribute to America and Americana. (selected national landmarks and symbols, biographical note, song lyrics, definition of democracy) (Picture book. 5-9)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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10.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Massachusetts in 1859, Katharine Lee Bates was a poet as well as an English professor at Wellesley College. Her poem "America the Beautiful" was inspired by the sights she saw during a trip from Massachusetts to Colorado in 1893.

Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He began painting at the age of fifteen and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York. The Coretta Scott King Awards praised Collier’s work in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006, and he has won the Caldecott Honor for DAVE THE POTTER, MARTIN'S BIG WORDS, and ROSA. Bryan lives in New York City.

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book ZEN SHORTS and its sequel, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling picture book ZEN TIES. Other beloved titles from Jon include THE THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.

LeUyen Pham is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, by Kelly DiPucchio, as well as Julianne Moore’s FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY books and her own BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER. She is quite the shoe lover herself, and she can be found traipsing about in her Mary Jane shoes or knee high boots in San Francisco, California, where she lives with her family. You can visit her and her shoes at www.leuyenpham.com.

Diane was born in New York City. Since 1974, she has created the paintings for more than 30 children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.

Her most recent picture book was The Dinosaur's New Clothes (Blue Sky Press, 1999). About it, School Library Journal wrote, "Young readers will delight in Goode's humorous images of the prehistoric giants festooned in extravagant costumes and the dinosaur images peeking down from the gilded moldings of the palace's sumptuous rooms. ... A delightful addition to standard fairy-tale collections." Diane lives with her husband in Wachung, New Jersey, with their two dogs, a yellow Labrador retriever and a Welsh corgi. Their son, Peter, is an artist.

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ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
This is a large picture book using the beloved lyrics to “America the Beautiful” as the storyline. Quotes from American presidents grace the pages. The pictures are a collection from various artists with a broad spectrum of art styles. The pictures are as diverse as our nation is. On the inside of the jacket of this hardcover book are pictures of all 44 of the presidents – George Washington to Barack Obama. Of value, too, is the list of National Landmarks and Symbols pictured with descriptions. “America the Beautiful” Together We Stand can be used in the school or home setting to instill love of country and patriotism in students. While it is a picture book, the reading level is mid to upper elementary. (rev. V.Godley) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of “America the Beautiful Together We Stand” was provided by Scholastic Press in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.