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The Fourth Of July Story (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The 13 colonies desire independence, select Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence, and carry the news of independence to the colonies.

Lexile Measure: 790 (What's this?)

School & Library Binding: 32 pages

Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (June 1, 1995)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0808593056

ISBN-13: 978-0808593058

Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,845,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #36 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Independence Day #1360 in Books > Children's Books > Education & Reference > History > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary #1435 in Books > Children's Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Non-religious

Age Range: 9 - 12 years

Grade Level: 4 - 7

This book is aptly named; it is indeed a story. The basic elements are true. Flourishes are added to make the story more accessible for a young child. Those flourishes work well. They add excitement and a sense of pride to the story.The book starts with the Liberty Bell ringing on the very first Fourth of July. It starts by addressing the reasons colonists wanted to be free from the British, and how the tension between England and the colonists mounted. Next we see Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence, followed by spreading the news about the Declaration of Independence, and then the victory of the Americans over the British. All of this is told by three time Newberry Honor Winner Alice Dalgliesh, a seasoned storyteller with a rich voice and a keen eye for the elements of history that must be told if the story is to impart the awe of the founding of a nation.Dalgliesh also adds scenes that might have happened. For example a rider with the Declaration of Independence in his saddle bag, stops to talk with a farmer of German ancestry about the Declaration. The farmer continues thinking about what it means to live in a free country as the rider moves on through the countryside.The major figures of independence and the revolution have a place in the story: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington. There's a nice anecdote about a very young Andrew Jackson reading the Declaration of Independence to his neighbors."The Fourth of July Story" was originally published two years before I was born. The illustrations look like the illustrations in many of the picture books, novels and textbooks I grew up with. They bring a simple view of the revolutionary time alive. The artist is not trying hard for reality.

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