Barbara Frietchie

Barbara Frietchie

by John Greenleaf Whittier, Nancy Winslow Parker

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The famous poem Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Generations of American children have recited Whittier's familiar couplet: ``Shoot if you must this old gray head, / But spare your country's flag, she said.'' Just as she did for Paul Revere's Ride , Parker has revitalized this story of an old woman who defied Confederate troops by displaying the Union flag. Signature tidy line drawings brightened with color wash reflect both a keen appreciation of the subject and considered attention to kid-pleasing detail. Families who visit Antietam and other Civil War battlefields or watch the PBS Civil War series will particularly enjoy the endpaper illustrations of Civil War flags, the concise and informative description of the setting,stet comma and engaging brief biographies of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and poet Whittier. Readers will also appreciate the helpful definitions of terms like ``famished hoard'' used in the poem. Ages 6-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-- Using the same format that she employed to interpret Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride (Greenwillow, 1985), Parker presents Whittier's well-known Civil War poem. A stage-setting preface, a map, the poem itself, and some concluding notes to explain references in the text are combined with the illustrator's instantly recognizable artwork. Brief biographical sketches of the poet and of Stonewall Jackson are included as well. The poem, with the accompanying historical notes, provides good supplementary material for social-studies units. In her preface, Parker mentions the controversy over whether or not the memorialized incident ever occurred. Narrative poems like this one are good choices for illustration, and Parker's deceptively simple style works successfully with Whittier's verse. A well-crafted volume for libraries with a demand for illustrated poems or material for whole-language classrooms. --Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
7.43(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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