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How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country Paperback – June 24, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
CHRISS WINSTON was the first woman to head the White House Office of Speechwriting, serving under President George H. W. Bush. The author of several books, she is a director of the White House Writers Group. Winston lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.
Together the authors founded the Take Your Kids 2 Vote Campaign in 2007. Visit www.takeyourkids2vote.org.
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Top Customer Reviews
"How to Raise an American" is an indispensable guide to explaining our culture to our kids. The schools won't do it, encumbered as they are by politics, special interests and educrat fads. The media can't do it; they're focused on what's wrong with our society and too often, their self criticism turns into self loathing. Religions don't seem to be helping much, drawing lines of division and dogma in a self-righteousness and insularity that's un-American. The culture does it, in its own way, by promoting individualism, social conscience and the pursuit of happiness, but culture is focused on the new, the innovative, sometimes the weird -- not first principles.
We have to be explicit with our kids. We live in the freest, richest, longest living, most dynamic, most inventive, most diverse society ever built. The 1776 tools, tips and activities in this handbook give parents some great ideas for teaching the history that brought us to this point and the important American values that continue to draw eager immigrants from every nation to our shores. Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston write in a breathy, accessible style that's easy to read, and the book is a well-organized, carefully-crafted resource.Read more ›
I found the projects section to be very creative and would appeal to a broad range of ages of children. All of the teachers I've known would find this section particularly appealing. I also liked the sections on places to visit in every state and organizations to look into depending on the child's areas of interest. It is sometimes hard to come up with vacations and activities that have to compete with Disneyland and the Disney Channel. Mindless activities abound out there and this book provides activities that are educational, creative and fun, all at the same time. The book, movie, and website sections gave me a lot of suggestions that I had not even thought about.
I think a lot of people (who have not read the book) are looking at this as a right wing piece, but it isn't at all. I really don't understand where they are getting that. How is making hard tack during a discussion of the Civil War ideological?? If they had read the book, they would realize what this book is and is not. It's not an ideological book, it encourages discussion (both sides).
In closing, again, I would strongly recommend this book to anyone with kids or any teacher!!
Then I stumbled on this book at the library. THANK YOU, Ms. Blyth and Ms. Winston. This is exactly what I need. Fortunately I love history, especially American history, and can easily take the projects and ideas in the book and develop them to fit our family.
Furthermore, I am relieved and encouraged to see that others have not only recognized the problem but have studied it and have found solutions to offer. It's always nice to know that one isn't fighting alone.
This book is full of interesting facts like the reason John Hancock's signature was so big is because he wanted to make sure that King George could read it without his spectacles. I love this country, I feel blessed to have been born here and to raise my three children here. I am determined to help them appreciate this great country, and the freedoms we enjoy. My family and I are going to celebrate Flag day this year for the first time, by reading a small book about the flag, learning how to fold it, and learning about the design and history of it.
Thank you very much for this much needed book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have the first edition. In it, the authors incorrectly list the names of three federal holidays in the chapter 'All-American Year.' Does that matter? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joshua D. Macel
Excellent book with great suggestions for ways to celebrate events and teach patriotic principles about America. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MJJ
I like this book a lot. I have not completed it yet but what I have read is a keeper.Published 17 months ago by Themom
It's pretty clear what the authors believe an American to be, and it's a vision that will likely offend many people, but then again, those who would be offended likely aren't the... Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Letter Size
I am currently pursuing my masters in education, and I must say that this book is accurate in almost all of the criticisms of the current American educational system. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by fizzle7033
I checked this out from the public library and now am purchasing is because it is a book that I will return to again and again. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by the Collisons
As the book says "kids long to be part of something bigger than themselves, something they can be proud of." There are so many good ideas and resources in this book. Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Ak.reader
THIS IS NOT A HISTORY BOOK OR EDUCATIONAL TOME. THIS LITTLE BOOK WILL TEACH YOUR CHILDREN, AND PROBABLY YOU, WHAT IS NO LONGER TAUGHT IN THE SCHOOLS. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by JAN CHASTAIN
This is an important book for all parents to read and use. All of the practical ideas and websites are very helpful. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Mother Goose