The Rocket's Red Glare

The Rocket's Red Glare

by Peter Alderman
     
 

Join Francis Scott Key on the choppy waters of the Chesapeake Bay in this stunning picture book that transports readers to one of the most important days in U.S. history. Gorgeous illustrations and a gripping account bring to life the perilous yet triumphant day during the War of 1812 that inspired Mr. Key to pen the words to America's national anthem. The text is…  See more details below

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Join Francis Scott Key on the choppy waters of the Chesapeake Bay in this stunning picture book that transports readers to one of the most important days in U.S. history. Gorgeous illustrations and a gripping account bring to life the perilous yet triumphant day during the War of 1812 that inspired Mr. Key to pen the words to America's national anthem. The text is brought to life by GRAMMY® nominated country music singer and songwriter Jo De Messina, who lends her powerful voice to the audio recording of the book, as well as The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and her personal tribute to the United States Armed Forces, Heaven was Needing a Hero, on the accompanying CD. The story, artwork, and music together will delight and inspire readers of all ages, while reminding us of the sacrifices made throughout history and today to keep America "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner”, the author retells the story of how Frances Scott Key was inspired to write the poem that has become our national anthem. Mr. Key, a resident of Baltimore, and a friend were sent on a mission by President Madison to rescue an American physician held captive on a British ship at the beginning of the War of 1812. While on the ship, they were informed that Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor would be attacked by the British and that the American flag would no longer be flying there. As he awaited the outcome of the attack on a ship nearby, Mr. Key was inspired to write the poem “The Star Spangled Banner” upon seeing the American flag still waving the next morning. The poem was printed and distributed around Baltimore and was soon set to music. The bold illustrations, set mostly at night, give the reader the sense of the fury of the fight and the pride on seeing the flag that inspired the now famous lines. The book does not indicate when it officially became our national anthem but focuses on the patriotism the song inspires. A CD of the song sung by Jo Dee Messina is included with the book. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 9.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781486702305
Publisher:
Flowerpot Press
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Series:
Book and CD
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
533,321
Product dimensions:
11.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
AD1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Alderman taught elementary and middle school students for 37 years and has a scholarship in his name honoring his work educating children. He has won awards for writing and producing documentaries and now continues to educate through his powerful storytelling. This is his second book.

Recording Artist: Jo Dee Marie Messina is an American country music artist. She has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple week number one songs from the same album. Jo Dee lives with her husband and two young boys in Nashville, TN.

Illustrator: Bea Moritz studied English and animation and has been a professional painter for the past eight years. Bea lives in the mountains with her husband, three kids and the family dog.

Historical Advisor: Thomas W. Gilman has a degree in history from Vanderbilt University and has taught U.S. history for the past 34 years. He enjoys reading, researching, and writing about history, and, most recently speaking to college students on examining present life decisions through the lens of history. Tom lives with his wife in Nashville, TN.

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