Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 23, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 96 pages
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This spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July and tells how they have come to be associated with the holiday. It will make the Fourth of July more meaningful for readers young and old. James Cross Giblin is an editor of children's books who also writes for children. He edited the Clarion holiday series started by the late Edna Barth. Ursula Arndt brings to this book the same delightful style she employed as illustrator of the six Barth holiday books. This title, along with all of Edna Barth's classic holiday books, is now being reissued with a fresh, new jacket design and fun activities inside the paperback covers.
  

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Contents

July 41776
4
The Colonies Get Angry
7
The Declaration of Independence
14
The Holiday Takes Shape
23
The Flag
29
Fireworks
35
The Spirit of 76
41
Fourth of July Picnics
44
Patriotic Music and Songs
48
Uncle Sam
59
The Eagle
62
The Liberty Bell
65
Special Fourth of July Celebrations
75
The Centennial Exhibition of 1876
78
The Bicentennial of 1976
80
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James Cross Giblin is the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books for young people. One of his recent books for Clarion, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.

Ursula Arndt has illustrated a number of popular children's books, including the six holiday titles written by Edna Barth for Clarion. She is now retired and lives in Germany.

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