Uncle Sam's America

Uncle Sam's America

by David Hewitt, Kathryn Hewitt
     
 

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Just in time for July 4th, this is a patriotic look at the history of our country from its founding up to the present day. Through it all, the iconic Uncle Sam has rallied and united the American people as a symbol of national pride. In this book, Uncle Sam proudly looks on as General Andrew Jackson defeats the British redcoats in the War of 1812; Sam wears out

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Just in time for July 4th, this is a patriotic look at the history of our country from its founding up to the present day. Through it all, the iconic Uncle Sam has rallied and united the American people as a symbol of national pride. In this book, Uncle Sam proudly looks on as General Andrew Jackson defeats the British redcoats in the War of 1812; Sam wears out seven pairs of boots walking westward with the pioneers; together with Lady Liberty, he welcomes the millions of immigrants who graced America's shores at the turn of the century; and Sam is there to give people hope from the Great Depression to the civil rights movement. Uncle Sam has helped people fulfill their dreams and create a better nation, standing with Americans through the decades. Kathryn Hewitt's unique artwork incorporates postage stamps, postcards, and antique images from each era—as well as the faces of the real people who changed history. The back matter lists short bios of each of these notable Americans.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Uncle Sam is the person who takes readers on this journey through American history. The "Author's Note" provides some background as to who Sam really was and how in 1961 Congress adapted a resolution making Uncle Sam a national image. The note probably would have been more helpful in the front of the book, since it would help separate fact from fiction. The book is filled with information and the details are presented in a variety of ways—flags showing when states joined the union, postage stamps celebrating famous Americans, and scenes filled with events—like the burning of the White House in the War of 1812, or the long line of Conestoga wagons heading west. Some of the other highlights include the California gold rush, Civil War, influx of immigrants, and the installation of the Statue of Liberty. Teddy Roosevelt is shown establishing the first National Park. World War I and II are given a page each and then the race to modern America begins. There is not a lot of depth, just a quick look at people, places, and events. One has to assume that the idea is to pique reader's interest and perhaps they will read more about a subject of interest such as the Civil Rights Act, the moon landing, and people such as Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, and many others. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
In this superficial review of our country's history, Uncle Sam is cast as a Paul Bunyan-like figure who answered the British invasion of 1812 by calling on Andy Jackson to "beat the Red Coats in New Orleans" (never mind that the war was actually over before that battle was fought) and accompanied the trans-Mississippi settlers across an evidently uninhabited land. Later, readers see, he joined Lady Liberty in welcoming "all" of Europe's immigrants (no mention of quotas, or of Asia for that matter) and so on through two World Wars and a Moon landing. Uncle Sam in 19th-century dress appears throughout, doffing his hat to the Statue of Liberty, standing with hands on the shoulders of Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King and, finally, marching with a crowd "boldly and courageously forward" to carry "a message of kindness and hope for the future." With rhetoric (and a sensibility) that harks back to Robert Lawson's equally problematic They Were Strong and Good (1940), this panorama will leave children pumped up but significantly underinformed. (Informational picture book. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442430921
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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