- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590450557
- ISBN-13: 978-0590450553
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner Paperback – July 1, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
PW said that this dramatization of a critical moment in the War of 1812 "energetically conveys careful research and patriotic thrummings. Oil paintings hinting of Turner portray the excitement." Ages 5-9. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-After providing brief background on the War of 1812, Kroll tells the story of how Francis Scott Key came to write the famous song. The narrative is appropriate for youngsters without being oversimplified. Andreasen's oversized, realistic oil paintings face text pages or go across double-page spreads. Backgrounds simulate vellum or parchment to add to the period atmosphere. A photograph of the original manuscript, music and verses of the song, and maps of Washington and the Battle of Baltimore are included, while an author's note adds details on the history of the song and the war. Stephanie St. Pierre's Our National Anthem (Millbrook, 1992) is a much more detailed survey, in more simplified language, illustrated with photographs and reproductions. Kroll and Andreasen's account is more exciting and more visually appealing.
Sylvia S. Marantz, formerly with Worthington Schools, Columbus, OH
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Kroll's narrative follows the events from August 13, 1814, when Key was informed of Beanes's plight, to when Key's poem, originally called "The Defense of Fort McHenry," was published in the "Baltimore American." I like the way Kroll weaves all sort of historical details into his narrative, making this the most memorable account of the writing of the national anthem that I have come across. The story being told is complimented by the oil paintings of Dan Andreasen, which are done in a style reminiscent of what you found in classic children's books during the Fifties. There is also a photographic reproduction of the original manuscript of Key's poem that her wrote in a hotel after the battle.
In his Author's Note Kroll explains that it was the fort's storm flag, measuring 25 by 17 feet, that was flying overhead during the battle. The flag that was raised in celebration, as Key sailed back into Baltimore, was the larger, garrison flag for Ft. McHenry (both flags were made by Mary Pickersgill). When I last visited the Smithsonian Institute I was memorably surprised by the display of the Ft. McHenry flag, which, I assume, was the aforementioned storm flag. At least, that is how I would interpret what I have read; I might be wrong.
Great book about the history of the American Natinal Anthem (includes all 4 verses -- they are majestic.) Very complete and inspirational book.