A Is for America

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Little ones will love learning American history in Tanya Lee Stone's latest alphabet book. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson and Harriet Tubman!

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Overview

Little ones will love learning American history in Tanya Lee Stone's latest alphabet book. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson and Harriet Tubman!

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Each letter of the alphabet represents an item, an event, a person, or a place that has some significance in the history of the United States. The rhyming quatrain for each letter includes the reason it was chosen. The cartoon-style illustrations show the children on stage in the school auditorium presenting each letter. The words are patriotically presented in red, white, and blue. Some of the items will be very familiar, such as "C is for the Constitution." Others are more complex in both presentation and subject matter, such as "X is in eXpression," which refers to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, although it is not directly named. This is a problem for primary grade children. The inconsistencies only lead to confusion. Except for X, all the other letters have words that begin with the letter under discussion. While the President, the Oval office, and the Supreme Court are named, Congress is not; and neither is the Senate or the House of Representatives. In "Z is for Israel Zangwill" we find that a play about American immigrants is given the same importance as The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. This hodgepodge is broad and attempts to bring in many aspects of government and society, but by doing so, loses its focus for the intended audience. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843198775
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 367,629
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Lee Stone has written many biographies for young readers. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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