Fireworks and Freedom: A Fourth of July Story and Activity Book (Let's Celebrate Series)
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Fireworks and Freedom: A Fourth of July Story and Activity Book (Let's Celebrate Series)

by Carol Amato, Ann D. Koffsky, Nancy Lane
     
 

This brand-new title in the Let's Celebrate series tells the story of America's Declaration of Independence and its signing by representatives of the 13 original colonies on the Fourth of July, 1776. Full-color illustrations capture the atmosphere of eighteenth-century America--the meetings in Boston of the Sons of Liberty who protested British taxation.

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This brand-new title in the Let's Celebrate series tells the story of America's Declaration of Independence and its signing by representatives of the 13 original colonies on the Fourth of July, 1776. Full-color illustrations capture the atmosphere of eighteenth-century America--the meetings in Boston of the Sons of Liberty who protested British taxation. . . the meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. . . the call to battle and the birth of the Continental Army commanded by George Washington. Boys and girls also read about how the Fourth of July has been celebrated in the ensuing 230 years. Sidebars present brief facts related to the Fourth of July, and an extensive activity section suggests fun ideas for crafts, picnic foods, games, and songs appropriate to Fourth of July celebrations. Kids can make super-safe balloon "fireworks" with balloons and confetti. They'll also find directions for doing a fireworks dance with bubble wrap, a recipe for making chocolate flags, and lots more. Color illustrations on every page.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Here is a straightforward explanation of why we celebrate the Fourth of July and the various ways that the events surrounding the holiday have changed over the years. Little fact boxes sprinkled throughout are labeled "Extra Info" and they impart information—such as the list of the thirteen colonies on the map that outlines and names them, what actually happened at the Boston Tea Party, how firecrackers work, and some information about the 200th birthday of America. Each spread or single page contains a full color illustration along with text. Readers learn about the reason for the colonies coming together to break away from England, the battle for freedom that lasted for eight years, and information about those involved in drafting the Declaration of Independence. The final vote was taken on July Fourth, hence the day of liberty and freedom. In the 1800s celebrations included parades, speeches, picnics, military displays, and fireworks. Many of those traditions have continued and for those who may not be able to see a display of fireworks in person, they are even televised from the Capitol. The latter part of the book contain activities developed by Ann D. Koffsky—some are pretty simple like dancing on bubble wrap, filling balloons with confetti and bursting them, and making patriotic (red, white and blue) fruit kabobs or a liberty bell noisemaker. The book concludes with several of the songs most closely linked to the holiday, "You're a Grand Old Flag," "America, the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy." A useful book for teachers and homeschoolers with easily absorbed information and simple projects. Part of the "Let's Celebrate Series."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764135675
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Let's Celebrate
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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