Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Birthday, America


A declaration of freedoms old and new,
From poets, pastors, and people
like me... like you!

An anniversary. A country's birth.
Growth. Change.
Past and present.
A future.

Festivities of democracy.
Flags blowing in breezes...
memories, sacrifice, honor, and glory.

Living. Dead. Fighting.
Freedom for all.



Happy Birthday! 
P. Allen 7/12

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     My poem is my addition to the celebration of our nation's birthday.  
Happy 4th of July!

     Lest we forget our heroes, our freedom, our democracy, or our independence... here are a baker's dozen of my favorite children's books related to the 4th of July.  In my classroom I have a basket of text "About America" that includes these titles and more.  We should help children develop a curiosity about America and her history.  Of course, there are many more great titles, but these need to be a part of every classroom library.  They are a part of mine...
A lovely introduction to the Preamble!
We can't forget Jean Fritz... her books always make us think!
Charles R. Smith, Jr. has created a lovely tribute to children. 
Beyond just Jack and Annie... 
The illustrations are truly amazing... and the words are so Colorado!
The language of Bill Martin, Jr. and company...  
Teach children what the pledge really means...
 Pam Munoz Ryan... her words are like magic!
Reminds me of childhood.
Good luck finding this one at a reasonable price.  Thank you Lee and Tomie!
Full of facts and trivia... and interesting details.
Beautiful illustrations.  Great words to sing!
This one is new.  It's a collection of poems.  It provides
an interesting spin on the details of elections, democracy (pros/cons),
and freedoms.  Ms. Wong encourages us to "look," "read," "talk," and "vote."
She encourages us to take the initiative to live freely.  The poems
could certainly serve as a launching point for great discussions, especially
during an election year.  It's a provocative collection.

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