The American Reader
by Kathy-jo Wargin
We often sing the "Star Spangled Banner," but what do the words mean? Why did Franklin Delano Roosevelt stay in office longer than any other U.S. president? Following the style of an old-fashioned primer, The American Reader answers such questions as it gives children a modern, well-rounded view of what it means to be a good citizen. Captivating prose, poems, short stories, and games entertain as they teach about the diverse regions of our country, the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the story of Clara Barton, and the official nicknames for each of our states. A story about Smokey Bear promotes an appreciation of nature and the need to protect it, and another explains how to be helpful and respectful to people with disabilities. The American Reader's lively variety and broad scope will give children of all ages much to learn, think about and enjoy for hours on end.
- Dewey: 810.8
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585360956): 96 pages, 5.5 (w) x 7.7 (h), © 2007, 09/14/2006
- PDF (9781627536431): 96 pages, © 2013, 09/20/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627536554): 96 pages, © 2013, 09/20/2013
- Series: State/Country Readers
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 5.8
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 110218
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Other (JNF018050)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local (JNF025180)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / General (JNF025170)
- Chicago Book & Media, Honorable Mention--Children's Young Reader category, Commended, 2007
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Author: Kathy-jo Wargin
Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children’s classics such as Michigan’s official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children’s Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school districts, and conferences throughout the country. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Illustrator: K. L. Darnell
Artist Kate Darnell has been drawing for as long as she can remember and even after 20 years of doing it, is thrilled each day to be making her living at what she loves most to do—drawing pictures. She earned her BFA studying drawing and painting at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. In addition to her freelance career as an illustrator and calligrapher, she is a part-time instructor of art at Lansing Community College.
Her art has been described as “making you want to slow down and look.” Her intricate drawings are achieved through many layers of tiny colored pencil marks on vellum paper. She lives in East Lansing with her husband and daughter.