"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. Now, beloved children's book author Bill Martin Jr (BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?), 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. A new paperback edition offers notes and suggested activities to help parents and teachers make this book even more interesting to and fun for children.
About the Author
BILL MARTIN JR and ERIC CARLE are the team behind the ever-popular "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"; "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?"; "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?"; and, most recently, "Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
TERESA MLAWER is a widely respected translator and the president of Lectorum Publications, the largest U.S. distributor of children's books in Spanish.
Chris Raschka, writer, illustrator and trained violist is one of the country s top children s book talents. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993 while his Hello Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2005 . This is Chris s first picture book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
Michael Sampson has authored more than 25 children's books, including Chicka, Chicka, 1 . . .2 . . . 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry, which he co-authored with Bill Martin Jr. He has also been an elementary teacher, written professional books (most recently, Total Literacy), and served as Dean of the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University and Northern Illinois University.