The Pentagon (American Symbols Series)


Profiles the Pentagon, an enormous five-sided building in Washington, D.C. which is the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense. Includes information on the attack to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
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Profiles the Pentagon, an enormous five-sided building in Washington, D.C. which is the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense. Includes information on the attack to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
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Children's Literature
As part of Capstone Press's "First Facts on American Symbols" series, this non-fiction picture book focuses upon the United State's military headquarters, including its near destruction in 2001. The book does not sugar-coat the reality of September 11, but positively softens the blow by presenting a sense of renewal, hope, and safety. It is an excellent vehicle for discussion regarding terrorism, destruction, and death. Starting with how and why the Pentagon came about, a history of this unique building fills the pages with matching illustration and photos. Along the way, interesting fun facts pepper the pages, such as the construction of the Pentagon started exactly 60 years to the day prior to the tragic plane crash. This concise volume shows a picture of the aftermath of the crash, and then a picture of security guards keeping this national symbol of defense safe. The illustration of a planned memorial creates a positive image of remembrance. The end section includes an activity on how to build a Pentagon out of straws, a glossary, a list of book references, and an Internet site for further research. In terms of classroom use, this book can be used for units on American history studies, terrorism, grief, or even building construction. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Patricia Silverberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736825306
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: American Symbols Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Pentagon Fast Facts 4
American Symbol of Defense 6
One Building Needed 8
Building the Pentagon 10
The Department of Defense 12
The Pentagon Attacked 15
The Pentagon Today 16
Time Line 18
Amazing But True! 20
Hands On: Make the Pentagon 21
Glossary 22
Internet Sites 23
Index 24
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