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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader

The Liberty Bell

Why do Americans love a bell that no longer rings? It is the Liberty Bell, and it once rang to announce the birth of a new country, the United States. Find out why Americans still treasure the bell, along with its famous crack.

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile LevelIG720L
ATOS Level4.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #112478
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



School Library Journal - Jayne Damron

"These attractively illustrated books introduce the history and significance of two of America's national symbols. In Liberty Bell, students will learn about the purchase of the bell, its Revolutionary War history, its symbolic use by abolitionists, and its famous fissure. Bald Eagle reviews the historical debate over the national bird, common traits associated with it, depictions of the bald eagle on currency and on the Great Seal, and facts about the species itself. Skeen's contemporary watercolors give a friendly and accessible cast to the symbols and events under consideration. With their large font, short sections, and clear writing, these titles will satisfy teachers looking for straightforward introductions to core democratic symbols for early primary-grade students or for elementary-aged new Americans." - School Library Journal

May 1, 2007

CLCD Newsletter - Kristy Lyn Sutorius

"The editors at Picture Window Books must have been reading librarians' and educators' minds when they put together the "American Symbols" series. The 974s (Dewey) are thin on inspiring read-alouds and Firestone's guided tour of the Liberty Bell hits the nail on the head. Beginning with the purpose of bells in Colonial times, readers are taken on the complex journey of this national symbol. After a dud of a bell arrived from England, two founders, or metal smiths, John Pass and John Stow, were charged with recasting the bell for the State House in Pennsylvania. We follow the Liberty Bell as it moves from the State House, to a basement in Allentown, all over the country to unite people after the Civil War, and back to its home in Philadelphia. Firestone provides a short list of print and online resources for kids who want to go above and beyond. Skeens' illustrations have a cubist, wood-carved look to them that makes this one of the most appealing patriotic titles for young readers. A nice complement to John, Paul, George and Ben by Jon Scieszka and Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, students will be transported back to the days of our founding fathers. This book is recommended for both school and public libraries." - CLCD Newsletter

July 1, 2011

Mary Firestone

Mary Firestone

Long: Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts. Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife. Short: Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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