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.
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“Bateman keeps interest high with well-written and easy to understand short chapters about each patriotic symbol. . . . O’Brien’s humorous cartoon drawings add detail to the descriptions in the text, and are useful in helping the readers visualize the context of the symbol. . . . a must for elementary grades studying America’s early years.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This appealing book will be welcomed by report writers and browsers and will be a great addition to units on American history.”—School Library Journal
“Bateman finds plenty of interesting information to share about each symbol or site, and browsers will be entertained by the many stories of origination, construction, and history.”—Booklist