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Children's LiteratureIf you have ever wondered how it is that the American flag is made up of stars and stripes or where Uncle Sam came from, you finally have a way to find the answers to these questions. In fact, this book discusses the origins of all the major American patriotic symbols that you can think of: the Great Seal, the Liberty Bell, "The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Well written, in a light and almost conversational tone, this is an easy and interesting read. The author has succeeded in making historical facts come alive, which is truly a mark of a real storyteller. The crosshatch black ink illustrations provide plenty to engage and amuse the eye, with the illustrator's sense of humor coming through and providing light entertainment as we read. 2001, Holiday House, Ages 9 to 12.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber