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Betsy Ross


Looks at the life of Betsy Ross from her Quaker childhood to her role in the Revolutionary War and her days as an independent businesswoman. Examines the legend of the Betsy Ross flag and explains the importance of the Betsy Ross legacy in today's society.

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Looks at the life of Betsy Ross from her Quaker childhood to her role in the Revolutionary War and her days as an independent businesswoman. Examines the legend of the Betsy Ross flag and explains the importance of the Betsy Ross legacy in today's society.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Although most school children are taught that Betsy Ross designed and sewed the first American flag under the guidance of George Washington, this text, an addition to the "Let Freedom Ring" series, examines, in part, whether or not the legend is true. Although some doubt is cast upon the accuracy of the tale, the text celebrates Betsy Ross as a free-thinking woman and patriot. We learn how she left her family's church in order to marry the man she loved, opened her own store in a time when men were typically the business owners, nursed ailing soldiers back to health during the Revolutionary War, and sewed flags to support the military cause. Readers learn not only about Betsy Ross but also about the historical context in which she lived. Perhaps because a limited amount of information about Betsy Ross and her life is known, some details seem irrelevant and unnecessary. A discussion of her chamber pot and the cleaning of its contents as well as a note about Betsy's Ross' likeness on a Pez dispenser have found their way into an otherwise informative text. As with other books in this series, Ross' story is enhanced by photographs, drawings, and maps throughout. For the traveling student, addresses of key locales, including the Betsy Ross house in Philadelphia, are provided. Discussions of history—how it is recorded, by whom, and the implications of the choices made—would be enhanced through the reading of this text. 2002, Bridgestone/Capstone Press,
— Wendy Glenn
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Slim series titles on individuals who lived during the American Revolution. Ross describes the patriot's early life, her upholstery business, and details of the period pertinent to her story. Duden notes that it was her grandson who made her "story public," telling how George Washington asked Ross to sew the first flag in 1776. The book states clearly that there was no way to check his story as he told it in 1870, nearly 100 years later. Wheatley relates what is known of the poet's early life, her education, her marriage, and death at age 31. Excerpts of her poetry are provided as is information about the time period in which she lived. Both texts include sidebars and are illustrated with captioned, full-color and black-and-white photographs of sites and artifacts and reproductions of documents. Each book contains a two-page time line, a simple map, lists of additional sources, Web sites, and places to write to or visit. -Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736810364
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: X Games Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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