Item description for The Children's Book of America by William Bennett & Michael Haque...
Where did America come from? What does it mean to be an American? What makes America great? No volume will provide more compelling and inspiring answers to our children's questions than William Bennett and Michael Hague's marvelous new treasury, The Children's Book of America. Filled with history and folktales, songs and poems, heroes and everyday Americans, this indispensable book is a classic collection of great Americana, accompanied by wonderful paintings that bring to life in rich detail the story of our nation's heritage.
Like its bestselling predecessors, The Children's Book of Virtues and The Children's Book of Heroes, this beautifully illustrated collaboration will provide children with a marvelous introduction to such virtues as compassion, perseverance, ingenuity, and hard work. As William Bennett and Michael Hague show, these traits have shaped American history and lie at the heart of our national character.
Martin Luther King has a dream -- and racial justice in America will never be the same. Walt Whitman listens -- and weaves poetry from the lilting music of Americans at their labors. A great Indian chief mourns -- and the path to his wife's side opens up the Grand Canyon.
From tales of national heroes like Abigail Adams and Robert E. Lee, to stories of adventure and ingenuity such as Lewis and Clark's explorations and Thomas Edison's inventions, to songs and poems about American life like "Home on the Range" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," The Children's Book of America is a marvelous celebration of our nation's history and spirit for the youngest Americans.
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.9" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 1998
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0684849305 ISBN13 9780684849300
Reviews - What do customers think about The Children's Book of America?
America Tales to Inspire your children Mar 10, 2007
We just finished reading The Children's Book of America which is edited by William J. Bennett and illustrated by Michael Hague. If you are proud of America and the accomplishments of the people and events that built this great country, you will love this book!
As we read through the stories, I couldn't help but get a lump in my throat and feel a sense of pride in our heritage. I am not implying we are better than any other country, but I am proud to be a part of the country we live in. These stories are written in easy to follow language for children. The stories are full of adventure, hope, persistence, bravery, and history. The illustrations help to bring the stories to life. Here is a list of the stories you will find in this book:
"America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates The Legend of the Grand Canyon The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving Father Junipero Serra The Bravery of Abigail Adams "Yankee Doodle" Westward with Lewis and Clark Paul Bunyan The Story of "The Star Spangled Banner" Johnny Appleseed Abe Lincoln's School Days "The Erie Canal" Remember the Alamo! "I Hear America Singing" Walt Whitman The Tale of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" Robert E. Lee and the Wounded Soldier Magaret of New Orleans "Home on the Range" John Henry and the Steam Drill "The New Colossus," Emma Lazarus The Wizard of Menlo Park Martin Luther King's Dream The Eagle Has Landed "America," Samuel Francis Smith
Excellent book! Nov 9, 2006
This is an excellent book. My children loved the stories and the illustrations were top-notch. This book would be a great supplement to any US History curriculum.
Wonderful book--should be read by every child Nov 25, 2005
Wonderfully written stories of Johnny Appleseed, Lewis & Clark, John Henry, etc. My children and fascinated by them, and frankly, so I am. I look forward to reading A Children's Book of Heroes by Bennett.
While perusing the comments, I noticed that some people accused William Bennett of being a racist. One must look at the context in which he made his statement. When the argument was made by a caller to a radio talk show that crime is down because abortion is up (theorizing that most aborted babies were from low income families) Bennett countered with, " But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky." What could possibly be racist about this statement? I find it morally reprehensible that people would accuse anyone of being a rascist without first exploring the facts.
Do Not Buy Nov 1, 2005
I was just about to a couple of his books as Christmas presents. I did not realize he was the person who commented that aborting every black baby would reduce the crime rate. There is no way I would buy anything written by this person.
A Children's Book from a Racist! Sep 30, 2005
Earlier this week Mr. Bennett stated on his radio program that aborting every black baby in America would lower the crime rate in America.
How do we illustrate THAT in a children's book?
Don't buy anything from this gambling, lying racist. Especially for your kids, please.