The National Anthem

The National Anthem

by M.C. Hall

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
How did The Star-Spangled Banner become our national anthem? Interestingly, our new nation did not have a national anthem for quite a few years. It wasn't until an attack on Fort McHenry which protected Baltimore during the War of 1812 between Great Britain and America that Francis Scott Key wrote his famous poem. He spent a night on a British ship watching the fort being bombarded. When morning came and he saw that the flag was still flying over the fort, Francis started writing the poem that became the beginning of our anthem. It was called by a different name originally, but as more people heard of it, it became known as The Star Spangled Banner. Note that a hyphen was added to the name later. Interestingly, the anthem was sung to the tune of an old English song (Hall does not name it in the text, but most historians would agree that the tune was taken from the popular English song To Anacreon in Heaven). The book accurately states that it was not until 1931 that Congress made Francis' song the national anthem. The large flag that inspired the anthem is now in the Smithsonian Institution. The text is informative, clear and well-written. The illustrations are appropriate and show a multitude of children and adults of various ethnic groups. The picture of the attack on Ft. McHenry is similar to one in The United States Flag which was also done by the same artist. There is a glossary, a web link through the publisher's site, and an index. Part of the "Our Nation's Pride" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ABDO Publishing
Publication date:
Our Nation's Pride
Product dimensions:
7.77(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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