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The Fourth of July Story Paperback – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689718764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689718762
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alice Dagliesh wrote many books for young readers, including The Thanksgiving Story, The Fourth of July Story, the Bears on Hemlock Mountain, and The Little Wooden Farmer, all available from Aladdin.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Linda on May 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great 'read aloud book' for younger children who need to know about the history of our nation. I accompanied this book with D'Aulaire's, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and got so much out of them all, much more than children can be getting in the class room today. I found my children (including myself) absorbed in the book wanting to keep reading more. I had checked this book out from the library but decided I needed this great resource in our home library so ordered it. I was pleased Amazon had it available.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on August 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
The old-fashioned illustrations are perfect for this patriotic book about the birth of liberty in America. The characters of the American Revolution come to life: Patrick Henry speaks, George Washington leads; Thomas Jefferson writes; John Adams instructs; Benjamin Franklin teases; John Hancock signs. Across America, townsmen and frontier settlers and slave holders and free men hear the news about liberty and react to it.

We love this book. Even the youngest listeners will get a true taste for the beauty of hard-fought liberty.

We also enjoy Red, White, and Boom by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee. Red, White, and Boom!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John W. Garden on January 30, 2010
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We purchased this book for our grandson who is British. It proved a superb explanation of the colonies with captivating illustrations to acquaint him with his heritage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LizP on January 25, 2013
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This book is aptly named; it is indeed a story. The basic elements are true. Flourishes are added to make the story more accessible for a young child. Those flourishes work well. They add excitement and a sense of pride to the story.

The book starts with the Liberty Bell ringing on the very first Fourth of July. It starts by addressing the reasons colonists wanted to be free from the British, and how the tension between England and the colonists mounted. Next we see Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence, followed by spreading the news about the Declaration of Independence, and then the victory of the Americans over the British. All of this is told by three time Newberry Honor Winner Alice Dalgliesh, a seasoned storyteller with a rich voice and a keen eye for the elements of history that must be told if the story is to impart the awe of the founding of a nation.

Dalgliesh also adds scenes that might have happened. For example a rider with the Declaration of Independence in his saddle bag, stops to talk with a farmer of German ancestry about the Declaration. The farmer continues thinking about what it means to live in a free country as the rider moves on through the countryside.

The major figures of independence and the revolution have a place in the story: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington. There's a nice anecdote about a very young Andrew Jackson reading the Declaration of Independence to his neighbors.

"The Fourth of July Story" was originally published two years before I was born. The illustrations look like the illustrations in many of the picture books, novels and textbooks I grew up with. They bring a simple view of the revolutionary time alive. The artist is not trying hard for reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By smileyfaces on July 14, 2012
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This is a good book for a young reader who is beginning to learn american history. Also, a good refresher for adults who are interested in early american history or a specific portion of history.
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