Yankee Doodle America by Wendell Minor
The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z

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If you traveled the roads of colonial America, colorful hand-painted signs would greet you when you came across an inn or tavern, and inside, folks would be gathered to eagerly share the news of the day.Wendell Minor invites us on just such a journey through America in the days of its struggle for independence. Each striking illustration, painted on hand-carved replicas of these signs, introduces readers to the people, places and events that gave birth to our nation. Beginning with the Stamp Act that angered the patriots and inspired the "Sons of Liberty" to protest, readers meet George Washington (who gave his farewell speech to his soldiers at Fraunces Tavern), Thomas Jefferson (who penned the first draft of the Declaration of Independence at a Philadelphia tavern) and other historical figures, and learn about the documents and battles that keep the fight for freedom alive.

 

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Published April 20, 2006 by Putnam Juvenile. 48 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Pairing illustrations painted on weathered-looking tavern signs to brief commentary, Minor celebrates major figures and incidents of the American Revolution from the Stamp Act (“A is for ACTS”) to Betsy and Ebenezer Zane, who were involved in the war’s last battle.

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Although it's an alphabet book, Wendell Minor's Yankee Doodle America: The Spirit of 1776 from A to Z is really much more.

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