America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
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A moving celebration of "America the Beautiful" featuring artwork from ten distinguished artists and inspiring presidential quotes!



AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: TOGETHER WE STAND
Each of our presidents has had a unique vision of America. In AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, these ideas are translated into gorgeous illustrations by such top artists as Bryan Collier, Jon J Muth, Diane Goode, Mary GrandPre, Raul Colon, Sonia Lynn Sadler, Yuyi Morales, John Hendrix, LeUyen Pham, and Chris Soentpiet. Each of these talented illustrators has found a unique way to interpret the values and beliefs that have built our great country.
Through moving illustrations, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL integrates the lyrics of the familiar patriotic tune with inspiring presidential quotations. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL will help teach children about our country's great leaders while highlighting American values such as diversity, unity, and freedom. In addition, the back cover will feature a quote from the winner of the 2012 presidential election.
 

About Katharine Lee Bates

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Born in Massachusetts in 1859, Katharine Lee Bates was a poet as well as an English professor at Wellesley College. Her poem "America the Beautiful" was inspired by the sights she saw during a trip from Massachusetts to Colorado in 1893.Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He began painting at the age of fifteen and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York. The Coretta Scott King Awards praised Collier's work in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006, and he has won the Caldecott Honor for DAVE THE POTTER, MARTIN'S BIG WORDS, and ROSA. Bryan lives in New York City.Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book ZEN SHORTS and its sequel, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling picture book ZEN TIES. Other beloved titles from Jon include THE THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.LeUyen Pham is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, by Kelly DiPucchio, as well as Julianne Moore's Freckleface Strawberry books and her own BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER. She is quite the shoe lover herself, and she can be found traipsing about in her Mary Jane shoes or knee-high boots in San Francisco, California, where she lives with her family. You can visit her and her shoes at www.leuyenpham.com.Diane Goode was born in New York City. Since 1974, she has created the paintings for more than thirty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Book WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS by Cynthia Rylant. Her most recent picture book was THE DINOSAUR'S NEW CLOTHES (Blue Sky Press, 1999). About it, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL wrote, "Young readers will delight in Goode's humorous images of the prehistoric giants festooned in extravagant costumes and the dinosaur images peeking down from the gilded moldings of the palace's sumptuous rooms. ... A delightful addition to standard fairy-tale collections." Diane lives with her husband in Wachung, New Jersey, with their two dogs, a yellow Labrador retriever and a Welsh corgi. Their son, Peter, is an artist.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Orchard Books. 32 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books.

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Schuett's illustrations, with their slightly exaggerated forms and saturated colors, capture not only the ""fruited plains"" and ""alabaster cities"" but vistas of Bates's hometown of Falmouth, and intimate scenes of her cozy bedside table and the parlor where she welcomed guests.

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this is paired with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: “I believe…that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” An interior spread (“with brotherhood”) by LeUyen Pham repeats the cover, picturing kids wearing red-and-white striped outfits representing the flag’s stripes and kids in ...

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Gall, an actual descendant of Bates, illustrates the four verses of this country’s other national anthem with bold, clean-lined, heroic American scenes, from a sturdy rural couple contemplating their “amber waves,” to firefighters raising a flag over the ruins at Ground Zero.

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And since few grown-ups (myself included) know any but the first verse, it's nice to learn that even in 1895 there were admonitions to ''mend thine every flaw'' and to ''confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.'' Ted Chapin, the president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organizati...

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(For a better setting of ''beautiful,'' think of the opening song of ''Oklahoma!,'' which also begins with the word ''oh.'' That melody swings up and down with equal weight until it lands on the first syllable of the word ''morning'' -- and on a ''blue'' or unexpected note, no less -- emphasizing...

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Four picture books explore the consistencies and contradictions of our national character.

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Four picture books explore the consistencies and contradictions of our national character.

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Four picture books explore the consistencies and contradictions of our national character.

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Four picture books explore the consistencies and contradictions of our national character.

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Publishers Weekly

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"Minor creates a breathtaking visual journey to some of the country's diverse landscapes and monuments, explored in Bates's famous 1895 poem," said PW .

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Bring Back the Deer ) writes that his own travels west instilled in him an awe of ``beauty beyond the realm of imagination.'' Using Bates's verse as his text, Waldman paints scene after scene, matching every phrase to a specific locale (these are identified in a well-designed key at the end).

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she uses “Above the fruited plain” (paired with the opening of the Gettysburg Address) to imagine a quilting bee where Americans of all ages and backgrounds stitch together patches celebrating the nation’s greatest hits (the Statue of Liberty, the St. Louis arch, the space shuttle), a smart...

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Pairing Katharine Lee Bates's famous 1895 poem with majestic watercolor panoramas, Wendell Minor creates a breathtaking visual journey to some of the country's diverse landscapes and monuments in America the Beautiful.

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In his first picture book, Gall offers an innovative interpretation of this classic paean to our blossoming country, penned in 1893 by his great-great-great-aunt.

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Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, and LeUyen Pham are among 10 top-drawer illustrators that form a more perfect union of sorts, interpreting lines from Bates’s popular patriotic song; each spread also feature

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This illustrated version gives not only all four verses, but also strong images of American life that will help make sense of the song.

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