Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols

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What famous American thought that the turkey would make a better national bird than the bald eagle? Who was the real Uncle Sam? Each familiar Fourth of July symbol has an amazing story taken from an exciting chapter in our country's history, and each has its place in the traditions surrounding the birthday of our nation. All remind us of how hard our forefathers fought for the freedoms we enjoy today ... and are celebrated in the pages of this entertaining book.

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Overview

What famous American thought that the turkey would make a better national bird than the bald eagle? Who was the real Uncle Sam? Each familiar Fourth of July symbol has an amazing story taken from an exciting chapter in our country's history, and each has its place in the traditions surrounding the birthday of our nation. All remind us of how hard our forefathers fought for the freedoms we enjoy today ... and are celebrated in the pages of this entertaining book.

Traces the social history behind America's celebration of Independence Day and explains the background of such national symbols as the flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, and Uncle Sam.

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As we gaze up at the red, white and blue fireworks overhead this 4th of July, it is an appropriate time to reflect upon this great nation and the freedom we enjoy. In his book, Giblin provides us with just such an opportunity by taking us back in time to the days leading up to and following the first 4th of July and the men and women who made it possible. Like the freedom we have come to expect, we also anticipate certain happenings and symbolism on the day we celebrate our independence. Giblin gives us fascinating details about the origins of such traditions. He follows the growth of our nation and its reflection in our flag. We learn of the first fireworks displays and follow their technological progress. We discover the stories behind the paintings that have inspired spirit and the music that has reflected America's patriotism over the centuries. President Lincoln once said of the Declaration of Independence that it "gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all of the world for all future time." In this book, Giblin and Arndt remind us that liberty is not something we should take for granted, but something we should take the opportunity to savor. 2001, Clarion Books, $7.95. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer: Leslie Julian
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This book provides the social history associated with America's celebration of Independence Day. The background of such national symbols as the flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, and Uncle Sam are explained. A good resource for teachers and parents. 2001, Clarion Books, $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
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"A crisp, conventional style enlivened with poignant, homely, or dramatic de-tails." Horn Book

"A crisp, conventional style enlivened with poignant, homely, or dramatic details." Horn Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618096541
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/23/2001
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany.


James Cross Giblin is the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books for young people. One of his recent books for Clarion, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

July 4, 1776 2
The Colonies Get Angry 5
The Declaration of Independence 12
The Holiday Takes Shape 21
The Flag 29
Fireworks 35
"The Spirit of '76" 41
Fourth of July Picnics 44
Patriotic Music and Songs 48
Uncle Sam 59
The Eagle 62
The Liberty Bell 65
Special Fourth of July Celebrations 75
The Centennial Exhibition of 1876 78
The Bicentennial of 1976 80
Important Events That Have Taken Place on July 4 86
Index 89
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