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I Pledge Allegiance Big Book Paperback – June 14, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763628158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763628154
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 20.2 x 16.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Whether kids want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or respectfully decline, this straightforward and playfully illustrated guide clears up what the pledge really means--word by word, and line by line.

Two pledge-loving literacy experts (Michael Sampson and Bill Martin, Jr.) and one polite pledge-abstainer (Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Chris Raschka) have come together to explicate America's time-honored oath in plain, kid-friendly language: "I pledge (A pledge is a promise) allegiance to (Allegiance is loyalty) the flag (A flag is a symbol that stands for a place, a thing, or an idea. Making a promise to a flag usually means the same thing as making a promise to whatever the flag stands for.)." Sampson and Martin's annotations adequately convey the essential meaning behind the words, although understandably less so in the thornier sections: "under God (Many people believe that a democracy is a reflection of how God thinks--every single person is important.)"

I Pledge Allegiance also covers some of the history behind the pledge and the flag, but what kids will probably remember best--aside from the pledge itself--is Raschka's clever, winning collage work, which somehow manages to sum up ideas like liberty, justice, and God with a few quick strokes and scraps. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Martin and Sampson's (previously teamed for Adam, Adam, What Do You See?) timely volume breaks the Pledge of Allegiance into digestible phrases or words and explains their meaning along with some history. Raschka's artwork makes a felicitous match; his highly conceptual style keeps the treatment playful yet respectful. Dressing the pages in a patriotic palette of snappy red, white and blue (jazzed up with torn-paper collage in shades of orange, green, black, yellow and more), he creates a series of clever visual counterpoints to the authors' careful deconstruction. As the text defines and explains each phrase or concept, Raschka bolsters the passages with child-friendly images. For "allegiance is loyalty," readers see a dog wagging its tail while, for "liberty" (described as an individual's freedom "to make his or her own choices"), individuals literally choose their own path as they step out onto stripes of various colors. The authors also include interesting background, such as the meaning behind the colors in the American flag ("Red is for courage. White is for purity and innocence. Blue is for loyalty and fairness") and the pledge's origins (it was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 as a poem for children). Simple without being simplistic, this cleverly designed volume spells out the concrete meaning behind the words in the Pledge of Allegiance while deftly communicating the democratic spirit and principles that inspired it. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Will look for more used copies for my classroom.
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In addition to the simple wording, the vivid and energetic illustrations by Chris Raschka help attract young readers.
Baylor TA
This is a great way to teach little kids what the meaning of the flag is to our great country.
L. Miller

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Every morning millions of children stand and face the flag, place their hands over their hearts, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But what do these 31 words really mean? Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson have taken the pledge apart, and explained each word (pledge: A pledge is a promise), or phrase (one nation: Our states and territories have bonded together to form one nation. One nation means one country), in simple, kid-friendly language. Add to that some history, fun facts, witty asides, and the clever artwork of award winning illustrator, Chris Raschka, and you have the makings of an engaging, entertaining, and informative book. Perfect for youngsters 6 and older, I Pledge Allegiance is a creative and straightforward look at the meaning behind America's most often recited words, and works well with Syl Sobel's Our Pledge Of Allegiance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LizP on August 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Many Americans grow up saying the Pledge of Allegiance every single school day. But do they understand what they're saying? The meaning of the pledge is explained word by word in this clearly written book. After reading "I pledge allegiance," a first or second grader will no longer recite the pledge by rote, not knowing what it means. The tone of the book reassures the reader that the pledge can be understood, yet never condescends. Chris Raschka's simple illustrations add to this sense of an understandable pledge.

My only disappointment is with Martin and Sampson's treatment of "Under God." The text of the book says "Many people believe that a democracy is a reflection of how God thinks - every single person is important." The US as a democracy hasn't yet been mentioned in the text, and children may not know what a democracy is. Besides that, the text presents a strong theological statement that adults argue over. It's hard to see how kids could make sense of it. And what about the kids who live in families where God is not worshiped? It seems as if the book leaves those kids out. "Under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 at a time when we were trying to differentiate ourselves from the Soviets. I wish Martin and Sampson had trusted kids enough to think they could handle the history of "Under God."

Aside from my quarrel with the treatment of "Under God," this would make a great addition to any school classroom or library. It would be wonderful choice as a present for a 6 to 9-year-old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baylor TA on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I Pledge Allegiance is a wonderful children's book that breaks down the thirty-one words in our pledge into seventeen words and phrases that are described in a language accessible to both adults and young children. Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson simply define abstract words such as "pledge," "republic," "nation," and "indivisible." They also give historical facts about our flag, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, and Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. Furthermore, this book includes not so familiar facts about our country such as what the colors of our flag represent. Another great aspect of this book is that it teaches the four rules to follow while saying the Pledge of Allegiance: stand up straight, look at the American flag, place your right hand over your heart, and take off your hat or cap (if you have one) and place it over your heart. This is especially beneficial to Kindergarteners learning to say the pledge each day at school. I Pledge Allegiance can be used with students as early as five years old and older students can refer back to it from time to time to identify our American values and brief history.

In addition to the simple wording, the vivid and energetic illustrations by Chris Raschka help attract young readers. Using only eight basic colors, Raschka creates abstract ink lines and torn paper shapes that enhance the meaning of each word or phrase described on the page.

The only negative critique I would have about this book would be the fact that it is not completely accurate in its citing of Francis Bellamy as the author of the pledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N.F. on February 2, 2011
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Everyone should own a copy of this book! It is a great book to introduce kids to what the flag salute is all about!
Must have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SHOES! on October 15, 2009
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Explains the Pledge of Allegance so that ANY age child (or adult!)can understand. I bought it to work with my ESL third graders, but I've used it for all grades including Kindergarten. Every classroom in the country should have a copy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Miller on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wonderful Book! This is a great way to teach little kids what the meaning of the flag is to our great country. My 5 year old and 2 year old are already reciting the pledge.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on April 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think this is a nice book to teach a child the pledge of allegiance and to explain to them what the pledge means. This book breaks down the meaning of each word and explains them in a way that children can understand. It gives the history of the pledge, a little about the flag, what to do while saying the pledge and touches on what this great country is all about. From other reviews I have read, it appears that Francis Bellamy, who authored the pledge, did not include the line "...under God". Nonetheless, it was included in this book and is the version of the pledge that I recited every morning during my school years...and it is the version I will teach my daughter.
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