Friday, March 21, 2014

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates - ESSENTIAL

Bates, Katharine Lee  America the Beautiful  Illustrated by Wendell Minor  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003.  $18.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.  

This book has beautiful illustrations painted to match the poem “America the Beautiful”.  The book begins with a page long introduction to the poem with an explanation of how Katharine Bates traveled across the country and was inspired to write her poem.  Then each verse of the song is matched with an inspiring illustration to explain the verse.  The end of the book has a small glossary with mini pictures from throughout the book with further descriptions of where the places are in the United States along with a United States map showing their location.  At the end of the book there is also a short biography about Katharine Bates as well as Samuel Augustus Ward, the man who wrote the music that was later paired with “America the Beautiful” to make it a song.  This is a fantastic work of art that inspires love and patriotism for America. 

EL (K-3), EL, MS- ESSENTIAL.    Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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