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I Pledge Allegiance [Hardcover]

By Jr. Martin Bill (Author), Francis Bellamy (Author) & Michael Sampson (Author)
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With simple, straightforward language and playfully quirky illustrations, a team of celebrated children's book creators takes a look at each word of the Pledge of Allegiance and explains what it means.

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With simple, straightforward language and playfully quirky illustrations, a team of celebrated children's book creators takes a look at each word of the Pledge of Allegiance - and explains what it means.

"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 of America 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.

Written especially for children, the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited on October 12, 1892, by 12 million children across the country and has been memorized by generations of children ever since. Isn't it time they understood the meaning behind its words?
Michael Sampson says, "I have a deep love for this country and the Pledge - I get goose bumps every time I recite it. This book makes the Pledge come alive for kids with language they can understand." Dr. Sampson is the author of many books for children, as well as books about literacy for adults.

Chris Raschka is the illustrator of many books, including the concrete poetry anthology A POKE IN THE I, edited by Paul B. Janeczko, a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Book; and the Caldecott Honor Book YO! YES? Chris Raschka says, "My parents have always respectfully refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance - my father for religious reasons and my mother because she was born in Vienna. And that's why I was drawn to this project. In America, we each have the freedom to choose, including the freedom to choose whether or not to say the Pledge."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Candlewick
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 10.48" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.91 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Candlewick
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  6-9
ISBN  0763616486  
ISBN13  9780763616489  

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More About Jr. Martin Bill, Francis Bellamy & Michael Sampson

Bill Martin, Jr. Bill Martin, Jr. didn't learn to read until he reached college, yet he earned a doctorate in education from Northwestern University. He has long been committed to the development of children's reading skills. He is one of the world's foremost authors in literary education, as well as a million-selling author of books including " Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom, " and " Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?." His latest release, " Adam, Adam, What Do You See? ", is available from Tommy Nelson.

No one would dispute that Bill Martin had a direct link to the minds of young children. Their classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, as well as the works they have created separately - Bill Martin’s Sounds of Language is a testament to his ability to enter a child’s world.

But as children, both Martin had trouble coping with school. These troubles stopped him from learning to read. “I couldn't really read until I turned twenty,” he says. “But when I got to college” - no entrance exams were required at Emporia State University, Kansas at the time - “I wanted to be a writer.” One beloved teacher there gave him the encouragement he needed to pursue his dream. “If you're going to be a writer, you have to be a reader,” he told Martin. Bill Martin not only became a reader, a writer, and a poet, but earned his doctoral degree in early childhood education as well.

Bill Martin lived in Campbell, in the state of Texas. Bill Martin was born in 1916 and died in 2004.

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It already has 50 stars  Apr 12, 2005
I think this is a nice book to teach a child the pledge of allegiance and to explain to them what the pledge means. This book breaks down the meaning of each word and explains them in a way that children can understand. It gives the history of the pledge, a little about the flag, what to do while saying the pledge and touches on what this great country is all about. From other reviews I have read, it appears that Francis Bellamy, who authored the pledge, did not include the line "...under God". Nonetheless, it was included in this book and is the version of the pledge that I recited every morning during my school years...and it is the version I will teach my daughter.
I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin Jr  Feb 7, 2004
Very well-written book. It could use more historical information about the topic addressed. For example, the early Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the stiff-arm salute. The Pledge was written (1892) by Francis Bellamy, cousin to an infamous author of the time, Edward Bellamy, and they were both self-proclaimed socialists in the Nationalism movement and promoted military socialism. They wanted government to take over all schools and impose robotic chanting to flags. The Pledge was the origin of the salute of the National Socialist German Workers Party. American socialists (Edward Bellamy teamed with the Theosophical Society) also bear some blame for German socialism's notorious flag symbol, which evolved into overlapping S-letters for socialism under the National Socialist German Workers Party. The Pledge's early salute was not an ancient Roman salute, and the 'ancient Roman salute' myth came from the Pledge Of Allegiance. It is amazing that books don't examine the issue of whether the pledge should be dropped entirely, especially for young children in government schools. The socialist dogma led to the socialist Wholecost: 60 million dead under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; 50 million under the Peoples' Republic of China; 20 million under the National Socialist German Workers Party. It might be the most tragic part of world history.
Noble try.  Jan 11, 2003
The goal--nicely attempted--of breaking down each line of this too-difficult-for-the-kids-who-have-to-say-it speech falls short.

While they explain the large words in kid-friendly phrases and credit Francis Bellamy, they make the significant omission of the fact that Bellamy DID NOT write the phrase "under God," and that it was added without his permission. The text says, "Many people believe that a democracyis a reflection of how God thinks..." without mentioning that the pledge, in its current form, misquotes its author.

A book that is designed to clear things up should be more accurate. Nonetheless, the illustrations are eye-catching and the language accessible to kids. It's a good idea to give them a better understanding than their often-quoted, "I led the pigeons to the flag..."

What Our Pledge Really Means.....  Oct 5, 2002
Every morning millions of children stand and face the flag, place their hands over their hearts, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But what do these 31 words really mean? Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson have taken the pledge apart, and explained each word (pledge: A pledge is a promise), or phrase (one nation: Our states and territories have bonded together to form one nation. One nation means one country), in simple, kid-friendly language. Add to that some history, fun facts, witty asides, and the clever artwork of award winning illustrator, Chris Raschka, and you have the makings of an engaging, entertaining, and informative book. Perfect for youngsters 6 and older, I Pledge Allegiance is a creative and straightforward look at the meaning behind America's most often recited words, and works well with Syl Sobel's Our Pledge Of Allegiance.

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