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The Children's Book of America Hardcover – November 2, 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-The Children's Book of America (S&S, 1998) is another in the series of books edited by William Bennett, who held top posts in both the Reagan and Bush administrations. This audio edition has a selection of 13 patriotic stories and songs. After a brief introduction by Bennett, items are organized chronologically beginning with a Native American legend about the Grand Canyon. Well-known events such as the Alamo and the first Thanksgiving are joined by lesser-known stories of a freed slave who sang in European courts and an Irish immigrant who cared for the orphans of New Orleans. "Yankee Doodle," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "The Star Spangled Banner" are sung a cappella with short explanations added. The selection of myths about Paul Bunyan and John Henry enliven the informative but sometimes bland stories. All these selections are well-performed by Elayne Bennett, Hinton Battle, John McMartin and Phylicia Raishad. This recording offers teachers a chance to add audio media to class presentations on U.S. history. The plastic case will not stand up to heavy circulation. Not a necessary purchase, but interesting listening to supplement American history units.
Barbara S. Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Stories, poems, and songs on America: a follow-up to best sellers from Bennett like The Children's Book of Virtues.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As we read through the stories, I couldn't help but get a lump in my throat and feel a sense of pride in our heritage. I am not implying we are better than any other country, but I am proud to be a part of the country we live in. These stories are written in easy to follow language for children. The stories are full of adventure, hope, persistence, bravery, and history. The illustrations help to bring the stories to life. Here is a list of the stories you will find in this book:
"America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates
The Legend of the Grand Canyon
The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving
Father Junipero Serra
The Bravery of Abigail Adams
Westward with Lewis and Clark
The Story of "The Star Spangled Banner"
Abe Lincoln's School Days
"The Erie Canal"
Remember the Alamo!
"I Hear America Singing" Walt Whitman
The Tale of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Robert E. Lee and the Wounded Soldier
Magaret of New Orleans
"Home on the Range"
John Henry and the Steam Drill
"The New Colossus," Emma Lazarus
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Martin Luther King's Dream
The Eagle Has Landed
"America," Samuel Francis Smith