The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan

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This spirited tribute to Old Glory will inspire readers, young and old, to take a new look at the greatest emblem of the United States of America. With patriotic verse and historical facts, THE FLAG WE LOVE explores how our flag has become an enduring part of our nation's proud history and heritage. From its earliest designs to its role in peace-time and war, the Star-Spangled Banner will take on a whole new meaning for all readers.

The bold, rich illustrations by Ralph Masiello highlight significant points in history, as well as commonplace moments of American life, when our flag symbolizes the people and ideals of the United States of America.

About Pam Munoz Ryan

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Author Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books. She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. She currently lives in Leucadia, California. Ralph Masiello has twice received the New York Society of Illustrators Certificate of Merit. He has illustrated several books, including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book and The Flag We Love. Ralph lives in central Massachusetts.
Published January 1, 1996 by Scholastic. 30 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Parallel texts (celebratory verse above, boxed historical information below) and burnished oil paintings combine in this paean to the American flag.

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Publishers Weekly

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Strike up the band and prepare to salute-this patriotic picture book unabashedly celebrates the Stars and Stripes. In a series of earnest verses, Ryan (One Hundred Is a Family) introduces young reader

Jan 29 1996 | Read Full Review of The Flag We Love

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In a series of earnest verses, Ryan (One Hundred Is a Family) introduces young readers to our national symbol and the ideals for which it stands (""Americans stand together/ Before ceremonies start/ And promise their allegiance/ With their hands across their hearts""), while prose insets offer hi...

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Each two-page spread is dedicated to a different aspect of the American flag from who may have stitched the first flag to when the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by school children to what the flag represents to the diverse citizenship of the United States.

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This new translation of the author’s award-winning The Flag We Love offers an historical account of the American flag and also discusses the qualities and ideals that the flag represents to Americans.

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