Today is June 14th – Flag Day. Long May “Old Glory” Wave! And Here’s A Perfect Picture Book for the Day.
F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrations by Barbara Duke
In addition to this patriotic alphabetical title from the Reading Railroad Series, you may find other interesting titles in this series, such as The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before the Tooth Fairy.
F is for Flag is an early read together book, packed with information relating to the origin of our flag and the significant impact this piece of cloth has had on our nation. One particularly resonated with me; we see our flag in happy AND sad times. A child will see it waving in the breeze at a ballpark, yet apropos of any Memorial Day, new flags will wave on gravestones on that day to honor veterans.
Whether it is nicknamed, as the book reminds us, “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory” or “Star Spangled Banner”—yes, the same title your child might remind you, as does our National Anthem, it symbolizes all kinds of people, from many backgrounds; yet one country.
The illustrations by Barbara Duke add to the book in that they have an almost simple, childlike quality about them. They could be pictures pinned on a bulletin board in any classroom for a Memorial Day, Flag Day or July 4th assignment in an elementary school. They are delightful and the text and pictures are totally accessible to a child.
This picture book has a straightforward style, great illustrations and a patriotic tone that doesn’t hit you over the head. It has a quiet respect that draws you in through its simplicity and sincerity.
So mom and dad, gram and grandpa, or for that matter any teacher or adult who may be looking for a simple book to open discussion on our country, its flag, and its freedoms, you need look no further.
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