The Impossible Patriotism Project

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Caleb's class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents? Night. But Caleb can't think of a way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can't come because he is away, serving as a soldier. Then when Caleb really starts thinking about what his dad is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes!

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Overview

Caleb's class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents? Night. But Caleb can't think of a way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can't come because he is away, serving as a soldier. Then when Caleb really starts thinking about what his dad is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes!

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Caleb wishes his dad were home to help with his Parents' Night/President's Day patriotism project, but right now dad is far away-in military service. Caleb's eager classmates have project plans aplenty: maps, poems, a Statue of Liberty costume, even a papier-mache Liberty Bell. Caleb's good at drawing, but "Patriotism wasn't something you could draw. . . . " After struggling for an idea, Caleb creates a poster display featuring a photo of his father in full military gear and delivers a touching statement: Sometimes "Patriotism means going away from your family even if you have to miss Parents' Night . . . My dad is patriotism." The assembled are duly impressed, and in an affecting final page, Hoyt offers a sort of split-screen vignette of the child and his father, one sending mementoes of the day, the other on a camp stool, happy to have been remembered and recognized. Not a must-have, but a conversation-starter-of particular interest to service families and their communities. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142413913
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 463,962
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Skeers lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ard Hoyt lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Perfect project

    What a wonderful way to explain that patriotism is more than just the ideas from the founding fathers. This books shows us patriotism is alive and well today. The story is engaging and the illustrations fit well with the story.

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