I Pledge Allegianceby Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
"I led a pigeon to the flag"..."and to the wee puppet"..."One nation, and a vegetable"...What was that again? Children in the United States of America have been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance since 1892 -- and for about that long, they've found its big words confusing. Now, beloved children's book author Bill Martin Jr., fellow literacy expert Michael Sampson, and Caldecott Honor-winning artist Chris Raschka give America's children a hand, and explain this patriotic poem once and for all.
Written especially for children, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited on October 12, 1892, by 12 million children across the country and has been memorized by generations of children ever since. Isn't it time they understood the meaning behind its words?
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 20.20(w) x 16.70(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Michael Sampson says, "I have a deep love for this country and the Pledge - I get goose bumps every time I recite it. This book makes the Pledge come alive for kids with language they can understand." Dr. Sampson is the author of many books for children, as well as books about literacy for adults.
Chris Raschka is the illustrator of many books, including the concrete poetry anthology A POKE IN THE I, edited by Paul B. Janeczko, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and the Caldecott Honor Book YO! YES? Chris Raschka says, "My parents have always respectfully refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance - my father for religious reasons and my mother because she was born in Vienna. And that’s why I was drawn to this project. In America, we each have the freedom to choose, including the freedom to choose whether or not to say the Pledge."
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This book explains the Pledge of Allegiance in terms everyone can understand from young children to the familis of children who are new to this country. They can all learn what the Pledge of Allegiance means together!
This book takes a close look at the Pledge of Allegiance, word by word, and provides readers with the meaning of the words used as well as some background information and historical context. That support is helpful in understanding this pledge of loyalty, which is often confusing to young children (e.g. ¿I led a pigeon to the flag¿¿). The difficulty here, though, is that the text is broken into such small pieces (on one page, ¿of¿ appears) that it becomes disjointed and loses context. The illustrations of ink and torn paper are crude and do little to add insight to the text. This book is an example of a good concept not well executed.
This new book by Martin and Sampson is a simply stated book with interpretations as to the meanings of the "important" words in the pledge we recite almost without thinking. It brings a new understanding of the pledge to younger readers and for those of us that know it is not "I pledge all giants" it can increase one's respect for the pledge. The illustrations by Raschka are also simple, yet can prompt conversation, though they do not overpower the message. This is a book to educate and to be enjoyed by the young and old.