Monday, June 30, 2014

The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier -- ADVISABLE

Spier, Peter The Star-Spangled Banner. Doubleday Books, 1973. (Reprinted, 2014.) $17.99.

Contains the full text of Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," accompanied by colorful illustrations. The sheet music follows, as well as a copy in Key's own writing, a history of the anthem, and other related facts. Endpapers show 100+ different flags, including historical reproductions from a variety of states, sections of the military, and government entities.

This book, or something similar, would be useful for classes or individual students working on research reports or projects related to American independence. Because this is a reprint with a new cover and a few updates, librarians and teachers may want to check their collections before ordering a new copy.

EL, MS, HS -- ADVSIABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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