I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance


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"Finally, here's a picture book that helps young children move beyond rote recitation of the Pledge to find meaning in its language. This is the book parents and teachers have been waiting for." — Booklist(starred review)

"I led a pigeon to the flag" . . . "and to the wee puppet" . . . "one nation, and a vegetable" . . . What was that again? Children in the United States have been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance since 1892 — and for about that long, they've found its big words confusing. Beloved children's book author Bill Martin Jr., fellow literacy expert Michael Sampson, and Caldecott Honor-­winning artist Chris Raschka give America's children a hand and explain this patriotic poem once and for all. This paperback edition offers notes and suggested activities to help parents and teachers make this book even more interesting to and fun for children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763625276
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 06/07/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 350,234
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Bill Martin Jr is the author of more than 300 books, including the beloved classic BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? illustrated by Eric Carle. The International Reading Association named Bill Martin Jr one of the "Greats of the Century." "I think the Pledge of Allegiance is the most beautiful chain of language I know," he says, "It’s a miracle that children can even recite the Pledge of Allegiance, with its sophisticated and complex language, yet they jump right in. The Pledge of Allegiance is forever imprinted on their minds."

Chris Raschka is the illustrator of many books, including the concrete poetry anthology A POKE IN THE I, edited by Paul B. Janeczko, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and the Caldecott Honor Book YO! YES? Chris Raschka says, "My parents have always respectfully refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance - my father for religious reasons and my mother because she was born in Vienna. And that’s why I was drawn to this project. In America, we each have the freedom to choose, including the freedom to choose whether or not to say the Pledge."

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I Pledge Allegiance 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has all the words to the pledge and explains their meanings. It also gives a tiny bit of history and explains the principals of our country.
ashore06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Informational book for primary grades. THis book divided the pledge of allegiance and defines it and shows significance of why we recite (or used to recite...) this piece. Reflects civic principles and some historical background. Media: Ink and ripped paper
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains the Pledge of Allegiance in terms everyone can understand from young children to the familis of children who are new to this country. They can all learn what the Pledge of Allegiance means together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes a close look at the Pledge of Allegiance, word by word, and provides readers with the meaning of the words used as well as some background information and historical context. That support is helpful in understanding this pledge of loyalty, which is often confusing to young children (e.g. ¿I led a pigeon to the flag¿¿). The difficulty here, though, is that the text is broken into such small pieces (on one page, ¿of¿ appears) that it becomes disjointed and loses context. The illustrations of ink and torn paper are crude and do little to add insight to the text. This book is an example of a good concept not well executed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new book by Martin and Sampson is a simply stated book with interpretations as to the meanings of the "important" words in the pledge we recite almost without thinking. It brings a new understanding of the pledge to younger readers and for those of us that know it is not "I pledge all giants" it can increase one's respect for the pledge. The illustrations by Raschka are also simple, yet can prompt conversation, though they do not overpower the message. This is a book to educate and to be enjoyed by the young and old.