The Great Seal of the United States


How do Americans know that government papers are real? If you see an eagle holding a shield, and a pyramid with an eye above it, the papers are no fakes. Listen to Benjamin Franklin as he talks about the birth of the Great Seal in 1782 and why it’s still so important to our country today.
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How do Americans know that government papers are real? If you see an eagle holding a shield, and a pyramid with an eye above it, the papers are no fakes. Listen to Benjamin Franklin as he talks about the birth of the Great Seal in 1782 and why it’s still so important to our country today.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
This book is but one in the "American Symbols" series that reaches down to young readers (ages five to seven) to help them learn about the importance of symbols in our country. The cover offers a large view of the Great Seal that includes the eagle, our national bird. Inside, the story of the seal begins with Ben Franklin, one of its designers. Pages continue with a clear definition of the seal and information about the three committees that tried unsuccessfully to come up with a seal that Congress would approve. What follows is an explanation of how Charles Thomson finally combined all ideas into a workable seal for a new country. The seal design was approved in 1782. Other chapters tell about the seal's front side using short sentences that are easy to comprehend. Where the seal can be found is discussed, and Ben Franklin sums up this informative tale. Computerized illustrations can be considered "unique" and sometimes overpowering when parts of the seal appear raised and at an odd angle. However, children may like the busy pictures. Sidebars on most spreads present additional facts. More facts, a glossary, extra resources, and an index are included in back matter.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-What sets these series titles apart from the many other books on the same topics is their simplicity. Each volume briefly explains the history and significance of its symbol. A guide, either a historical figure important in the development of the symbol or a fictional character involved in its day-to-day operation, introduces each icon. This personal tone and the clear language make these titles accessible to young listeners. Large, richly colored and highly stylized artwork flows across the covers and pages with figures that resemble plastic toys. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the actual sites, monuments, or symbols. Each volume includes a list of facts. Most collections already have more complete titles about these topics. Purchase if there's a need.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404822207
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: American Symbols Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 389,504
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author


Norman Pearl has written 10 children’s books. He writes on both science and social studies topics and can’t decide which he likes better.

Norman lives in tropical Miami, Florida, with his wife and son. They have a small, white, fluffy dog named Max. Max thinks he is human, so the four of them go just about everywhere together.
Norman usually writes his books under a palm tree while sipping lemonade. When he needs a break, he jumps in the pool for a swim. Usually, the rest of the family follows him in.

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