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The Fourth of July Story Paperback – June 1, 1995
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The book starts with the Liberty Bell ringing on the very first Fourth of July. It starts by addressing the reasons colonists wanted to be free from the British, and how the tension between England and the colonists mounted. Next we see Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence, followed by spreading the news about the Declaration of Independence, and then the victory of the Americans over the British. All of this is told by three time Newberry Honor Winner Alice Dalgliesh, a seasoned storyteller with a rich voice and a keen eye for the elements of history that must be told if the story is to impart the awe of the founding of a nation.
Dalgliesh also adds scenes that might have happened. For example a rider with the Declaration of Independence in his saddle bag, stops to talk with a farmer of German ancestry about the Declaration. The farmer continues thinking about what it means to live in a free country as the rider moves on through the countryside.
The major figures of independence and the revolution have a place in the story: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington. There's a nice anecdote about a very young Andrew Jackson reading the Declaration of Independence to his neighbors.
"The Fourth of July Story" was originally published two years before I was born. The illustrations look like the illustrations in many of the picture books, novels and textbooks I grew up with. They bring a simple view of the revolutionary time alive. The artist is not trying hard for reality.Read more ›
We love this book. Even the youngest listeners will get a true taste for the beauty of hard-fought liberty.
We also enjoy Red, White, and Boom by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee. Red, White, and Boom!
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Very understandable for the younger kids. My grandchildren enjoyed this book.Published 1 month ago by Anne Cohen
I really like this book, however my 5 year old doesn't really want to sit through it. I am going to give it another try next year. Good book though.Published 1 month ago by M.T.
The book came in perfect order. This is a wonderful living book. Perfect for enjoyment reading.Published 3 months ago by T