Item description for Hats off for the Fourth of July (Christian Mother Goose) by Harriet Ziefert...
It's the Fourth of July, and the people of Chatham know this is one parade they won't want to miss! A juggler and baton twirlers are the first to march down the street. Who will come next? There are cowboys on horses, the third-grade marching band, and everyone's favorite, Miss Eelgrass with the long green hair. Everyone is sorry when the parade is over, but wait! There is something else to look at-way up in the sky.
"Hats off indeed to this splendid parade of a book." (Kirkus Reviews)
Illustrated by Gustaf Miller
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.9" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.1" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2002
ISBN 0140567097 ISBN13 9780140567090 UPC 051488006992
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More About Harriet Ziefert
Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Emily Bolam is the artist for the best selling cloth books Sleepy, Sleepy! and Peek-a-Boo Baby. She lives in Brighton, England.
Harriet Ziefert currently resides in Maplewood, in the state of New Jersey.
Harriet Ziefert has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Hats off for the Fourth of July (Christian Mother Goose)?
Hats Off for the Fourth of July Jul 8, 2007
There's a steady beat to the text, which plays into the movement of the parade, and arrests the listener almost enticing them to turn the page. The phrase "music and drum" is repeated throughout, and is so catchy I find myself humming it afterwards. The poems are strained in places, but overall the writing is pleasing to the ear. The illustrations are delightful, and brightly colored. The artist, Gustaf Miller has a homespun appeal. The images are realistic; yet there's a casualness, and lose flair to his paintings.
We don't learn anything about Independence Day in Hats Off for the Fourth of July, which is fine, but I wonder if the illustrator has ever been to an Independence Day parade. There are a few American flags painted into the scenes, but every Fourth of July parade I've attended is adorned with American flags, and even the spectators are decked out in our nations colors.
As there's little in the way of reading material for young ones on our country's birthday, the book passes the test, and the illustrations are certainly worth a long look.
What a great book for the summer holiday season! Jun 20, 2000
What a great book to introduce children to patriotism and the All American parade! The illustrations bring a parade to life! All three of my kids ages 6, 4 and 20 months loved this book! Like a real parade, something for everyone!
Hats Off for the Fourth of July! Jun 15, 2000
This book captures the essence of a favorite American event - the annual Fourth of July parade that can be witnessed in almost every small town. Ziefert's rhyming story is wonderfully illustrated with vivid paintings of the different entries in the parade. Uncle Sam on stilts, the Little League, the High School Band, the local beauty pageant winner---it's just like the author says "Everyone marches on the Fourth of July". My favorite picture is the one of the baton twirler trying to retrieve her baton from the mischievous pup that caught it. This book is an excellent one to read aloud to toddlers and preschoolers.