Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;America: A Patriotic Primerandlt;/Iandgt; is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;A is for andlt;/Iandgt;America,andlt;Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; the land that we love. andlt;BRandgt; B is for theandlt;/Iandgt; Birthdayandlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;of this country of ours....andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney's words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; This A to Z of America frames the story -- and the miracle -- of our country.
"[A] well-intentioned...if rather listless alphabet book....A competent though less than compelling tribute." Publishers Weekly
"Glasser's cheerful watercolor-and-ink illustrations are the greatest strength of this ambitious project.....Though the concept and busy design require some extra effort, this well-meant exploration of our history and heritage packs a huge amount of information between its covers." Kirkus Reviews
This picture book introduction to the founding principles of our country is written by Lynne Cheney, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney. More than an alphabet book, it is a primer of American history, a book for families to pore over and discuss, and celebration of American diversity, faith, and tenacity. Full color.
More than an alphabet book, this is a primer of American history, a book for families to pore over and discuss, and a celebration of American diversity, faith, and tenacity. Each letter of the alphabet stands for an idea ("S is for Suffrage, " "T is for Tolerance") or for an historical figure ("J is for Jefferson, " "K is for King"). Each idea is illustrated in words, through quotations from historical sources; and in pictures, through exuberant and detailed drawings by renowned illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser.
All of Mrs. Cheney's net proceeds from America go to the American Red Cross and to projects that foster appreciation of American history. A portion of Simon & Schuster's profits go to First Book, an organization that promotes childhood literacy in America.
The wife of Vice President Dick Cheney introduces the founding principles of America to younger readers in this alphabet picture book that doubles as a primer of American history and a celebration of faith and diversity. Full color.
About the Author
Lynne Cheney has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is a widely published author. She co-authored one of her books, a history of the U.S. House of Representatives, with her husband, Vice President Dick Cheney. A former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mrs. Cheney is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Robin Preiss Glasser was a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet for eleven years. In addition, Ms. Glasser has designed theater sets, costumes, playbills, and posters, and has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, including Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, and Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest, both by Judith Viorst. Ms. Glasser has also collaborated with her sister, Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, on the award-winning You Can't Take a Balloon series. Robin Preiss Glasser lives in Newport Beach, California, with her two children, Benjamin and Sasha.