|aRed, white, blue, and Uncle who?|bthe stories behind some of America's patriotic symbols|cby Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by John O'Brien.
|aNew York|bHoliday House|c.
|a64 p.|bill.|c26 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aFlag -- Eagle -- Great seal -- Liberty bell -- Star- spangled banner -- Uncle Sam -- Pledge of allegiance -- Statue of Liberty -- Mount Rushmore -- White House -- Capitol -- National mall -- Washington Monument -- Lincoln Memorial -- Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- Korean War Memorial -- Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
|aThis information-packed potpourri of trivia and important facts does indeed give the stories behind 17 American patriotic symbols as diverse as Uncle Sam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Great Seal. The lively text moves along so merrily that readers will be surprised to discover how much material is included. Each topic is given two to four pages including one or more sophisticated, witty, black-and-white line drawings. For the most part, the information is clear and complete. The coverage of the Korean War Memorial is especially welcome as there is not much in print on it. However, explaining the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict in a few sentences proves somewhat difficult. The text throughout the book is easy to read with uncomplicated sentences and short paragraphs and plenty of white space. This appealing book will be welcomed by report writers and browsers and will be a great addition to units on American history.
Have you ever wondered how the Liberty Bell got cracked? Did you know the wild turkey almost became the national bird of the United States? And who is Uncle Sam, anyway? Answer all these questions and many more as you explore the history behind seventeen well-known monuments and symbols of the United States of America--including the Great Seal, the Pledge of Allegience, the Capitol Building and more. Descriptions of each symbol include the history behind it, the people involved in creating it, and intriguing trivia. Important dates are highlighted, helping to create a timeline of when these patriotic symbols became accepted parts of our nation's history. John O'Brien's black-and-white cartoon illustrations on nearly every page add a touch of humor to the engaging text. An index is included.