Arlington: The Story of Our Nation's Cemetery

Arlington: The Story of Our Nation's Cemetery

by Chris L. Demarest
     
 

AMERICA'S RESTING PLACE. The story of the national cemetery--from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Arlington recounts the complicated history of one of the nation's most famous and most-visited national monuments and its fascinating daily life. Carefully researched and documented, Chris Demarest's watercolor paintings capture the spirit and pathos of the

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AMERICA'S RESTING PLACE. The story of the national cemetery--from the Revolutionary War to the present.

Arlington recounts the complicated history of one of the nation's most famous and most-visited national monuments and its fascinating daily life. Carefully researched and documented, Chris Demarest's watercolor paintings capture the spirit and pathos of the last resting place of more than 300,000 Americans who have served their country.

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Demarest writes clearly, organizes the information well, and illustrates the story in nicely composed, sometimes luminous paintings.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Honor echoes in images and words chronicling Arlington National Cemetery's history. Capturing the essence of America's iconic burial ground, the nonfiction narrative presents readers essential information from early nineteenth-century construction of Arlington House through interment of twenty-first century Iraq and Afghanistan war casualties. A U.S. Coast Guard artist, Demarest, whose father is buried at Arlington, comprehends military subjects and traditions, effectively portraying scenes from Arlington's past and present in pastel watercolors which convey sentimental and patriotic tones. His artistic interpretations distinguish this work from other Arlington Cemetery picture books which consist primarily of photographs. Demarest identifies notable veterans and presidents interred at Arlington, describes ceremonies, and discusses monuments memorializing the U.S.S. Maine, military nurses, Challenger astronauts, and 9/11. Paintings of the best-known Arlington landmark, the Tomb of the Unknowns, exemplify rituals expressing respect and dignity. Arlington's Freedman's Village, illustrated with an archival photograph is placed adjacent to supplementary material instead of the Civil War section. The text misspells Fort Sumter and Brigadier General Montgomery Meig's surname. Textual and artwork incorporation of some details relegated to the time line, such as the initial veteran buried, first female tomb guard, and the name of the identified unknown Vietnam soldier, would have emphasized their significance. Although Demarest does not mention this fact, readers might be interested to learn that Madeline author/illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Ludwig Bemelmans, is buried in Arlington. Concludes with author's note explaining Demarest's affinity for Arlington and bibliography. Adults can consult Robert M. Poole's On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery (2009) to elaborate about aspects Demarest introduces which intrigue young readers. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

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ISBN-13:
9781596435179
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
880,513
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
NC1250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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