What is America? It's the special places that remind us of important events. It's the people who have dedicated themselves to improving our country. And most of all, it's the ideals and beliefs that we share. Informative text and bold scratchboard illustrations pay homage to our country's past and present.
Features a diverse collection of historical figures from science, entertainment, politics, and education.
Ties into social studies, history, geography, and language arts curriculum.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Don Robb began his second career in educational publishing after seven years as a teacher. After graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he studied history and political science, Don taught Spanish, French, and English as a second language at the high school level in Toledo, Ohio, then later at a junior high school in Hackensack, New Jersey.
His first job in publishing was as a foreign language consultant for Holt, Rinehart. He went on to serve in a variety of editorial and marketing capacities there, and at Houghton Mifflin Co., where he became a vice president. He left that position to join Charlesbridge (then Mastery Education Corporation) in 1981.
Don is an avid reader and a writer. His particular interests are historyespecially American historyscience non-fiction, and mysteries.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With "This is America: The American Spirit in Places and People", author Don Robb attempts to unify, rather than divide our country. He does this by focusing on ideals and dreams he believes we all share. Throughout the book, Robb writes about the people and places that have exhibited the 13 beliefs of liberty, equality, legal rights, rule of law, pioneer spirit, hardship, courage, hard work, education for all, diversity, free enterprise, creative spirit, and honor. Robb uses both recent examples and examples from our country's distant past. For example, under the heading of "Legal Rights", students can read about both Cesar Chavez and Independence Hall. Under the heading of "Diversity", students can read about the Navaho Code Talkers and San Francisco's Chinatown. Just in case students are interested in reading about other places and people that exhibit these ideals, Robb added a resource page in the back of the book. Christine Joy Pratt illustrated this book with wonderful scratchboard and watercolor drawings. When books address issues such as "ideals" (notice the word "values" is not used by the author), often some readers are bound to be offended. However, this book should not be offensive to anyone from either end of the political spectrum. Robb's "Pioneer Spirit and Free Enterprise" categories? Not offensive. Robb's "Diversity" examples? Not offensive. Maybe Robb is a tightrope walker as well as a historian and writer.