This spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July and tells how they have come to be associated with the holiday. It will make the Fourth of July more meaningful for readers young and old. James Cross Giblin is an editor of children's books who also writes for children. He edited the Clarion holiday series started by the late Edna Barth. Ursula Arndt brings to this book the same delightful style she employed as illustrator of the six Barth holiday books. This title, along with all of Edna Barth's classic holiday books, is now being reissued with a fresh, new jacket design and fun activities inside the paperback covers.
About the Author
Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany.
James Cross Giblin (1933-2016) was the author of more than twenty critically acclaimed books for young people. His book The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books.
Table of Contents
|July 4, 1776||2|
|The Colonies Get Angry||5|
|The Declaration of Independence||12|
|The Holiday Takes Shape||21|
|"The Spirit of '76"||41|
|Fourth of July Picnics||44|
|Patriotic Music and Songs||48|
|The Liberty Bell||65|
|Special Fourth of July Celebrations||75|
|The Centennial Exhibition of 1876||78|
|The Bicentennial of 1976||80|
|Important Events That Have Taken Place on July 4||86|
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"A crisp, conventional style enlivened with poignant, homely, or dramatic de-tails." Horn Book
"A crisp, conventional style enlivened with poignant, homely, or dramatic details." Horn Book Guide