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America the Beautiful: Together We Stand Hardcover – January 1, 2013
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K-Gr 5-When illustrations from 10 prominent children's book artists are combined with the words from Bates's "America the Beautiful" and quotations from a range of United States presidents, the result is a beautiful, patriotic ode to the best of our nation. This multifaceted concept is elegantly executed in a book that will be useful to anyone seeking to engage children in learning more about American history, landmarks, and symbols. Words from Jimmy Carter set the tone, saying, "We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams." Each illustration, masterfully rendered by artists such as Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, LeUyen Pham, and Chris Soentpiet, among other stars, depicts a multiethnic, multicultural view of the possibilities America represents. The book design successfully integrates the various elements. Pictorial spreads leave one panel open for the quotations, while Bates's words appear in large type at the bottom or top of each illustration. The quotations all focus on helping others and being our best selves, individually and as a country. In a time when political debate is sharply divided, this book reminds us that some ideals are part of our national heritage and stand above the disagreements.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Combining historic quotes from many presidents with illustrations by leading children’s book illustrators, this celebration of Bates’ 1893 poem, now one of our patriotic standards, shows and tells the rich diversity of the U.S. The opening quote by Jimmy Carter—We become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic— is matched with Chris Soentpiet’s handsome double-page image of a group of smiling kids in which each child is painted as an individual portrait, all different, all together. The quotes—from Abraham Lincoln (All men are created equal) and Thomas Jefferson, to John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama (We are the change that we seek)—offer inspiring messages that are illustrated by well-known artists, including Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Yuyi Morales, and LeUyen Pham, whose cover image shows a crowd of smiling children dressed in stars and stripes. The final scene connects historical images of immigrants’ arrivals with contemporary skyscrapers and fireworks in the sky. Appended notes include more about national landmarks, symbols, and Bates. Great for sharing with a young audience on national holidays. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman
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However, the last page is a poor demonstration of American educational standards -- America is not a democracy. America is a republic. I don't know who wrote the section "OUR DEMOCRACY", but that person failed civics. Maybe this page can be glued shut in your copy of this book.
Each line of the song is illustrated by a different artist and also includes a presidential quote.
My favorite quote is the one from Ronald Reagan "Our most precious resources, our greatest hope for the future, are the minds and hearts of our people, especially our children." This quote is paired with the line ". . . for purple mountain majesties. . ." and is illustrated by Raul Colon.
My favorite illustration in the book is the one by Sonia Lynn Sadler. It is paired with a quote by Abraham Lincoln and the song verse " . . . above the fruited plain. . ."
Included at the end of the book is information on our national landmarks and symbols, the words to "America The Beautiful", and a bit of biographical information on Katharine Lee Bates.
The illustrations are beautiful! I would love to have them all framed on my walls. I do a lesson with my third grade students on the Caldecott Award. I'm not sure this book would be considered for the award because it has multiple illustrators, but I do plan to use it not only with my Caldecott lessons but lessons on citizenship as well. It is a good resource for a quick lesson on national symbols, too. I will certainly be adding this to the school library collection.
There are 4 pages in the back that list the National symbols, such as; the Statue of Liberty, the Capitol, the Liberty Bell. The last has all 2 verses of `America' and some information on what democracy is.
Younger children would enjoy looking at this book and would be able to read the big print of the song's words. Older children, possibly 4th grade up would be able to read the quotes. All would benefit from a book that would lend some national pride and knowledge.
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I was disappointed in the illustrations. I was thinking they would all be showing the beauty of America.Read more