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Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! Hardcover – January 1, 2003

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PreS-Gr. 1. As Jenny rides her bike through town on the Fourth of July, she sees the townsfolk preparing for the parade, fishing, showing off newly acquired citizenship papers, and enjoying a picnic. The mayor gives her speech, and the parade begins: "Let the celebration start! / Everybody plays a part." Jenny ends her day in the park watching fireworks with her parents. The rhyming text and Cote's bright art capture the friendly mood. The activities of some of the families seem contrived, particularly an Indian family shown standing together on their lawn with their citizenship papers in hand. But, as a whole, the book shows a diverse community celebrating together. Information about the first Fourth of July, the first U.S. flag, the national bird, and the Liberty Bell is appended. Karen Hutt
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  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807531529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807531525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I looked for a while trying to find a 4th of July to read to younger kids that was interesting, had good illustrations and is short enough to keep thier interest. Believe it or not most 4th of July storybooks are somewhat wordy. Then I found this book and my quest had ended. The story follows a young girl through the day and shows different activities that people in her town do for the holiday. The stroy is concise and enjoyable and the illustrations are sharp and colorful. Far and away the best children's storybook I have read about the 4th of July.
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This book does a good job of presenting a variety of 4th of July activities, such as grilling, parades, and fireworks. The colors are bright, and the rhymes are cute. It's not overly wordy, and it holds my toddler's attention. I appreciate the variety of Americans shown--people of many ethnicities and even a family of new citizens.
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I highly recommend this book, it is very educational for children. I love these books, because you always want to have a book to read about the different holidays for extra emphasis and this is a very nice book.
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Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney is a pleasant read. The author attempts to rhyme, but the beat feels forced in areas. Kimmelman, mostly known for How Do I Love You, keeps the sentences short and sweet. In fact, although available in hardcover only, the 32-paged book could be enjoyed by a 2-year old. As an appendix to the book, the author ends with a short explanation of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, and the National Bird. Nancy Cote's artwork is run of the mill, yet I like it. The pictures tell the story better than the Kimmelman's words, and there's loads of details to uncover. The watercolor images are bright, colorful, and very expressive. William's enjoyed Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney because it's simple, and easy for a child to grasp. In addition, the doggy antics add charm, and appeal. Kimmelman's attempt to educate our youngsters at the end earns her bonus points, plus, I appreciate the diversity aspects as well.
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A simple book of tradition and celebration. Cote's illustrations make this a 'must have' for all July 4th festivities.
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