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The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

by Catherine A. Welch, Carrie H. Warwick (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature
As a Maryland resident, I do know about Francis Scott Key and how he came to write the Star-Spangled Banner, yet many young readers may not know the story. In clear, straightforward prose, Welch explains a bit of the story leading up to the American Revolution and why Key ended up on a British ship in the Baltimore harbor where he witnessed the attack on Fort McHenry. As a patriotic American, he worried about the fate of those in the fort, surrounding town, and the fledgling country. He started writing a poem ("The Defense of Fort McHenry") on a piece of paper and it was with great relief in the early morning that he saw the American flag still flying over the fort. He then wrote another stanza of his poem. Later, when he reached home, he finished the poem and it was printed and widely distributed. It waxed and waned in popularity until it became a traditional song for Fourth of July celebrations, opening baseball games and the like. Finally, in 1931, it became our national anthem. The entire poem is printed at the end of the book and there is a picture of the flag that flew over the fort that currently resides in the Smithsonian. It is well done, nicely complemented with watercolor illustrations, and a useful book for a social studies or history curriculum. Part of the "On My Own History" series. 2004, Lerner, and Ages 7 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%>1575055902
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-These beginning readers offer basic historical overviews in story format. The first one describes the famous surrender by General Lee to General Grant as told from the imagined point of view of 11-year-old Willie McLean, a real person who might have witnessed the event and the tragic rampage through his family's house by Yankee soldiers following the truce signing. The second title discusses Frances Scott Key's inspiration for the poem he wrote during the War of 1812, explaining how the music was selected and how the song finally came to be accepted as the country's national anthem. Both books have clear, unencumbered texts complemented by serviceable period art in color and an author's note. These books offer perfunctory descriptions and interpretations for readers just becoming interested in history or embarking on a museum visit.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
On My Own History Series
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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