Synopses & Reviews
Where did America come from? What does it mean to be an American? What makes America great?
No volume will provide more compelling and inspiring answers to our children's questions than William Bennett and Michael Hague's marvelous new treasury, The Children's Book of America.
Filled with history and folktales, songs and poems, heroes and everyday Americans, this indispensable book is a classic collection of great Americana, accompanied by wonderful paintings that bring to life in rich detail the story of our nation's heritage.
Like its bestselling predecessors, The Children's Book of Virtues and The Children's Book of Heroes, this beautifully illustrated collaboration will provide children with a marvelous introduction to such virtues as compassion, perseverance, ingenuity, and hard work. As William Bennett and Michael Hague show, these traits have shaped American history and lie at the heart of our national character.
Martin Luther King has a dream -- and racial justice in America will never be the same. Walt Whitman listens -- and weaves poetry from the lilting music of Americans at their labors. A great Indian chief mourns -- and the path to his wife's side opens up the Grand Canyon.
From tales of national heroes like Abigail Adams and Robert E. Lee, to stories of adventure and ingenuity such as Lewis and Clark's explorations and Thomas Edison's inventions, to songs and poems about American life like "Home on the Range" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," The Children's Book of America is a marvelous celebration of our nation's history and spirit for the youngest Americans.
Filled with stories of the heroes and virtues that populated the pages of its bestselling predecessors, "The Children's Book of Heroes" and "The Children's Book of Virtues", this glorious volume presents stories, songs, and poems that show children what it means to be an American. 125 color illustrations.
About the Author
William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.
Table of Contents
"America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates
The Legend of the Grand Canyon
The Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving
Father Junipero Serra
The Bravery of Abigail Adams
Westward with Lewis and Clark
The Story of "The Star Spangled Banner"
Abe Lincoln's School Days
"The Erie Canal"
Remember the Alamo!
"I Hear America Singing," Walt Whitman
The Tale of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
Robert E. Lee and the Wounded Soldier
Margaret of New Orleans
"Home on the Range"
John Henry and the Steam Drill
"The New Colossus," Emma Lazarus
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Martin Luther King's Dream
The Eagle Has Landed
"America," Samuel Francis Smith