The American Reader

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We often sing the "Star Spangled Banner," but what do the words mean? Why did Franklin Delano Roosevelt stay in office longer than any other U.S. president? Following the style of an old-fashioned primer, The American Reader answers such questions as it gives children a modern, well-rounded view of what it means to be a good citizen. Captivating prose, poems, short stories, and games entertain as they teach about the diverse regions of our country, the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the story of Clara ...
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Overview

We often sing the "Star Spangled Banner," but what do the words mean? Why did Franklin Delano Roosevelt stay in office longer than any other U.S. president? Following the style of an old-fashioned primer, The American Reader answers such questions as it gives children a modern, well-rounded view of what it means to be a good citizen. Captivating prose, poems, short stories, and games entertain as they teach about the diverse regions of our country, the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the story of Clara Barton, and the official nicknames for each of our states. A story about Smokey Bear promotes an appreciation of nature and the need to protect it, and another explains how to be helpful and respectful to people with disabilities. The American Reader's lively variety and broad scope will give children of all ages much to learn, think about and enjoy for hours on end.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Wargrin has clearly been paging through an old-fashioned McGuffey's-like textbook as she developed this anthology of Americana for primary and middle schoolers. The collection ranges from poems, riddles and reader's theater to brief biographical or historical articles. A few selections such as "Ten Little Bunnies" or "A Nonsense Poem" are more the old-fashioned reader fare, with no clear character as American. However, the patriotic, virtue-oriented flavor of the biography of Clara Barton is typical of most of the selections. Many selections are prefaced by a vocabulary of key words though rather oddly, no definitions are given here or in a glossary. The large type and the many illustrations are likely to make this most attractive to primary schoolers; by fifth or sixth grade it will have very much the feel of a "little kid's book." Children who are fascinated with history might enjoy this. This book is a pleasant addition to a classroom library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585360956
  • Publisher: Cherry Lake Pub
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: State/Country Readers
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,118,938
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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