Monday, January 21, 2013


Inauguration Day seems a perfect day to share AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: TOGETHER WE STAND, the newest retelling of Katherine Lee Bates' song, "America the Beautiful." Each line of the famous song has its on its own two-page spread, illustrated by a well-known children's author: Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Diane Goode, Mary Grandpré, John Hendrix, Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, LeUyen Pahm, Sonia Lynn Sadler, and Chris Soenpiet. I'd love to have any or all of them hanging in my living room. You can see a few here, if you'd like.

Additionally, down one side of each two-page spread is a presidential quote.
"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another."  Thomas Jefferson 

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."   Franklin D. Roosevelt 

"Change will not cofe if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama

Each of these quotes is topped by a national landmarks or symbol: things like the Statue of Liberty, the American Flag, White House, the American Rose, and the Capitol Building. Readers can find more information on these landmarks and symbols in the Author's Notes.

The New York Times reviewed the book here

1 comment:

Linda B said...

I haven't heard of this book, Carol. It looks beautiful. I'll tell the librarian about it. Thank you!