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Its stars and stripes ripple and wave. It’s the United States flag, and Americans have flown it for more than 200 years. Join seamstress Mary Pickersgill for a trip through time to see how this symbol of freedom came to be.
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Overview

Its stars and stripes ripple and wave. It’s the United States flag, and Americans have flown it for more than 200 years. Join seamstress Mary Pickersgill for a trip through time to see how this symbol of freedom came to be.
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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Young readers may think the only flag the U.S. has ever had is the one that flies high today. However, they will discover otherwise in this well-written and organized book that outlines details of American flag designs from the late 1770s to the present. A friendly format utilizes the power of storytelling to dole out information. Mary Pickersgill, one of America's earliest flag sewers, spins the chronological tale in a manner using clear, concise ideas. Six to eight sentences are contained in the chapter spreads. This setup allows early readers to handle the material with little or no help. Sidebars containing extra facts are scattered throughout. Some of the material includes why countries have flags, a common flag for the U.S., the first official flag as well as the second official flag, flag dimensions and designs, and flag etiquette. Interesting illustrations may add to or detract from the text. Readers will agree that the pictures are unique but personal preference will dictate whether readers like them. However, text material is interesting enough that readers will keep reading regardless of how they feel about the illustrations. Excellent follow-up material includes facts, a glossary, an index, and extra resources. This book, one in the "American Symbols" series, can enhance social studies and history lessons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404822184
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: American Symbols Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 197,364
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

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Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts.

Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife.

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Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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