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“Full of facts, this colorful book should please young readers.”
—Northern Latitudes Literacy Network
“My flag answers to many names: ‘Old Glory,’ ‘Stars and Stripes,’ ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ But to me you will forever be my Red, White, and Blue.”
Red, White, and Blue celebrates the American flag by describing what it means to one small child. Using innovative textile artwork, Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton illustrates the poetic text as she explains what the flag’s three colors represent, “sacrifice, loyalty, pride.” As the young heroine pedals her bike under a rippling flag, she declares, “our people may be of every color, but we are united by the Red, White, and Blue.” This historically rich book will be a great addition to any child’s library.
About the American Flag
In 1777, the Continental Congress declared that the flag would have a patch of blue signifying the heavens. One white star for each state would form a “new constellation.” Alternating red and white stripes represented the states. These stripes multiplied as states were added, until Congress passed a law returning the number of stripes to the initial thirteen to stand for the original thirteen colonies.
It has been said that George Washington believed the white stripes stood for liberty. The Veterans of Foreign Wars believe the red stripes stand for the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who defend the rights and liberties of the United States of America. The color blue reminds citizens of their loyalty to our nation.
About the Author/Illustrator
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton is an Ohio native who taught elementary school for fifteen years. Her book, Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On, currently has more than 30,000 copies in print. She is also the author of Why Cowgirls Are Such Sweet Talkers, Why Cowboys Need a Brand, Why Cowboys Need a Pardner, and Nana’s Rice Pie, all published by Pelican.
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
Written and illustrated by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Patriotic Holidays
32 pp. 10 x 8
31 color illus. Ages 5-8
ISBN: 9781589800670 hc