Item description for The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance: Discovering Our Nations Heritage (Discovering Our Nation's Heritage) by John Hudson Tiner & Tiner John...
Overview This book is one in a series of books by award-winning author John Tiner for the middle elementary grades that will inform, delight, and inspire kids of all ages. These books give the factual background behind some of the great icons of American patriotism and history. Did you know that "In God We Trust" appeared on coins in America during the Civil War, but it was almost a century later before it was adopted by Congress as our national motto. "The Story of . . ." series is a perfect way to instill patriotic values into the oncoming generation.
Publishers Description Did you know that although the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892, the words "under God" were not added until 60 years later? This inspiring and informative series is written for those who have cherished our nation's heritage for many years, as well as our children who are just beginning to appreciate what our country stands for. These books give the factual background behind some of the great icons of American patriotism and history. "The Story of..." series is a perfect way to instill patriotic values into the oncoming generation. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.18" Width: 4.56" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date May 19, 2003
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
Series Story Of
ISBN 0890513937 ISBN13 9780890513934
Availability 0 units.
More About John Hudson Tiner & Tiner John
John Hudson Tiner received five National Science Foundation teaching fellowships during his 12 years as a teacher of mathematics and science that allowed him to study graduate chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics. He also worked as a mathematician and cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency, Aerospace Center in St. Louis, MO.
Tiner has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Missouri Writer's Guild award for best juvenile book for Exploring the World of Chemistry. He and his wife, Jeanene, live in Missouri.
John Hudson Tiner currently resides in High Ridge, in the state of Missouri. John Hudson Tiner was born in 1944.
John Hudson Tiner has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance: Discovering Our Nations Heritage (Discovering Our Nation's Heritage)?
Interesting, Informative, and Beautiful May 22, 2010
The Pledge of Allegiance is sometimes considered a controversial topic today, but in John Hudson Tiner's The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance, you and your child will learn the reason these 31 words were created and how they've changed over the years.
First, I must give a round of applause to Bryan Miller, who designed the book. It is engaging and beautiful, packed with excellent photographs both from history and modern times. But Tiner deserves applause, too, because his text is simple without being dumbed down, and contains lots of interesting information about the Pledge. For example, you'll learn:
* When and why the Pledge was created.
* Why the words "under God" were added to the Pledge by President Einsenhower.
* Why the original "pledge allegiance to my flag" was changed to "...to the flag."
* A brief history of immigration to the U.S., beginning with the pilgrims and ending in the early 1900s, including information on the costs of coming here.
* Information on some flag pledges used in various states across the U.S. before the official Pledge was adopted.
* Details on how 19th century children helped bring flags to every school.
* What the Pledge itself means.
* A bit about what freedom in America means.
There is also a quiz at the back of the book, in addition to a glossary and suggested activities.
What I Like: There's lots to like about this book. The author doesn't shirk from the Christian history of our nation, whether talking about why the Pilgrims came here, what the Founding Fathers felt about religion, or why "under God" was added to the pledge. He also does a great job covering controversial topics like Columbus. Tiner writes: "Columbus is honored as the one who discovered America. The native Americans did not know that Europe existed, and the Europeans did not know about the New World. Columbus discovered America because he made each group aware that the other existed."
I also really like how Tiner interweaves various parts of American history into the book. While learning about the flag and the pledge, we also learn a bit about such topics as the Revolution, the Civil War, and the Cold War.
What I Dislike: My only complaint is the following, confusing, sentences: "The United States is a 'republic.' We vote for our leaders...The United States is a democracy, a Greek word that means 'the people rule.'" Technically, the U.S. is not a democracy, and the author fails to explain why he calls our nation both a republic and a democracy.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Kristina Seleshanko Christian Children's Book Review