Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

America the Beautiful: Together We Stand

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: All Ages
Author: Katharine Lee Bates
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545492072
Hardcover Price: $17.99

America the Beautiful is a lovely picture book that draws its text from the classic patriotic lyrics of the song by the same name. Each page contains a lyric paired with the words of one of our presidents, from Jefferson and Lincoln to Carter, Reagan, and Obama. The text is movingly enhanced by the artwork of ten illustrators, each with a distinctive color palette and style. There is supplemental information here as well: The complete lyrics, including three additional verses, are included at the end of the book, along with a section on national landmarks and symbols, and a brief child-friendly description of democracy. In addition, the book jacket itself can be reversed for use as a poster about the presidents. This is a good choice for home reading or for elementary social studies lessons.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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