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Posted November 15, 2007
There are many books for American children about the folk heroes who are based upon real characters in the growing of this land. Often times, those heroes become legends, and so have become part of our folk history. Sometimes those figures have been adventursome, sometimes brave, sometimes strong, sometimes inventive. How many can you name? Some were path seekers like Lewis and Clark, some, like Sacagawea who led the way. Some were strong men, like John Henry,who helped build the railroads, some were strong women like Harriet Tubman, who built a different kind of railroad. But Katherine Lee Bates also deserves a hero's portrayal, for she is the writer, the poet, the kind of person who records and details the dreams of Americans, whether they are great or small. Her song, 'America the Beautiful' aptly reflects a nation's spirit: she should become legend, she should be a part of our shared memory. What a great story, and what a great service Barbara Younger has done for us, while the pictures by Stacey Schuett give us a sense of America, as seen through the eyes of a rapt child. Recommend all children learn the song and in doing so, learn that a hero can be just a small person who looks at a blank page- and want to fill it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.