Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story

by Cheryl Harness

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ISBN-13: 9780807524701
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 892,772
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: NC1100L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Cheryl Harness is the author of more than fifty books for children and has illustrated over thirty of them. Her previous books include Mary Walker Wears the Pants and Remember the Ladies. She grew up in Missouri and lives there today. Cheryl Harness is the author of more than fifty books for children and has illustrated over thirty of them. Her previous books include Mary Walker Wears the Pants and Remember the Ladies. She grew up in Missouri and lives there today.

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Flags over America


By Cheryl Harness

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 2014 Cheryl Harness
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-2470-1


CHAPTER 1

A ship on the horizon! An army on the march!

People shade their eyes. They squint into the sun or the smoke of battle. They look for a far-off flash of color, a sign that will say: Is it a friend? Or an enemy on the way?

Since ancient times, people made designs that stood for themselves, their lands, their leaders, or their faiths.

They put them on their soldiers' shields or on the sails of their ships. They fastened their stitched and painted symbols, or standards, onto sticks and raised high their flags, their colors, to be seen from afar.

With their flags, people showed who they were-and, in time of war, what they were fighting for. When an army had lost too much, waving a white flag became the custom, meaning, "let's talk this over" or we surrender, "we give up."

Over hundreds of years, small ships flying the flags of their nations sailed far across the world's oceans. Kings and queens sent explorers to Asia, Africa, and to the Americas to gather valuable spices, slaves, gold, and furs and to spread their religious beliefs. By the 1500s, the flag of Spain flew over settlements in the Western Hemisphere. In the 1700s, France's flag fluttered over forts in North American forests and along the Mississippi River.

And where the Atlantic Ocean met the North American coast, the flag of Great Britain flew over thirteen colonies. But in 1763, trouble began between Britain's King George III and his distant American subjects.


(Continues...)

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