Written by Lynne Cheney, author and wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, to honor this "beautiful land made more beautiful still by our commitment to freedom," America: A Patriotic Primer is a proud celebration of the individuals, milestones, and principles of this nation. Each busy spread features elaborately decorated letters of the alphabet, with one or two kids draped over its bars and loops, along with the highlighted concept or person: "N is for Native Americans, who came here first," "T is for Tolerance." Surrounding every letter is a veritable circus of entertaining and useful related information, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move). "J is for Jefferson," for example, is bordered with biographical details and quotations from Thomas Jefferson, while mini images depict the third president's famous home (Monticello), some of his inventions, and a description of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This compelling picture book will work best as a supplement for children who are already immersed in basic American history at school. Teachers and parents will enjoy exploring with their kids every inch of the detailed, hand-drawn and illustrated U.S. map found in "U is for United States," explaining and elaborating on the historical lessons as appropriate. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter
THE ABC'S OF AMERICA
I buy many children's books for my young niece and nephew so I am always looking for ones that are educational as well as enjoyable.
AMERICA: A PATRIOTIC PRIMER is a colorful, well-written picture book that offers young readers an alphabetical introduction to historical highlights and prominent people in the American saga.
This is a unique book because it also allows parents to share with their kids fun facts and patriotic images which will open the door to family discussion about what makes America great. I can't wait to send this book to my young relatives.
Wish my kids were small again!
As I read America, A Patriotic Primer, I found myself wishing I could have a "do over" on instilling an interest in American history in my own children. I see that the book is written so that it can be read to a 4 year old or a 10 year old. There is as little or as much information as the age requires.
I see that this book would evoke curiosity in children.
I own a copy and will keep it handy for as yet unborn grandchildren. I think it is a fitting Grandmother's shelf volume to be read when they arrive.
Ms. Glasser's illustrations are wonderfully interesting and beautifully showcased.
I love that Mrs. Cheney used the alphabet to instill important concepts, institutions, and figures in our country's history. I appreciate that she gave fair attention to women, minorities, leaders, soldiers, patriots, founders, artists........when you start really reading the 'fine print' the list is quite impressive. The beauty of the book is that it can be read over and over with a little more 'noticed' and learned each time.
I think this book should be available to every child in America. It is a book that will instill deeper understanding and ownership of our American heritage.
America: Words of Inspiration
As an 11 year-old, I like to read chapter books rather than picture books and
magical thrillers instead of history primers. When "America: A Patriotic Primer" was
brought to me by my mother, it did not look like the kind of book I normally enjoy. Upon
her insistence, I reluctantly started to read it. By the second page of the introduction, I
was hooked. The introduction explains in strong words why Mrs. Cheney wrote this
book, why we should honor and be proud of those who helped our country -- George
Washington, James Madison, Henry Clay, Fredrick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.-- and how important it is to teach children the amazing roots of
this young country. The illustrations seem to bring the words alive, giving them all the
more importance. The quotations by famous Americans, though, are my favorite part - I
never knew it was Thomas Jefferson who said, "I cannot live without books" or that
Ronald Reagan gave us "I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn
ahead." It's like the thrill of reading Shakespeare and coming across lines that are so much
a part of our language, like "To be or not to be," and suddenly being awakened to their
real origin. From "A is for America, the land that we love," to "Z....Strong and free, we will
continue to be an inspiration to the world," this book is full of interesting facts, beautiful
pictures, and inspirational words that, hopefully, this country will remember forever.