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The Pledge of Allegiance
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The Pledge of Allegiance

by Norman Pearl
Illustrated by Matthew Skeens

Many kids say the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school. But what does it mean and where did it come from? Francis Bellamy wrote it more than 100 years ago. Join Bellamy in The Pledge of Allegiance for more of the story.

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile LevelIG740L
ATOS Level5.1
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #112479
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Kristy Lyn Sutorius

"Norman Pearl creates yet another enticing introduction to an important American symbol with this work about the Pledge of Allegiance. Francis Bellamy, the author of the pledge, narrates the story of its conception. Bellamy, who worked for a magazine called The Youth’s Companion, wrote the pledge so that students around the country would have something to recite on the 400th anniversary of Columbus sailing to America. The pledge, which originally did not include the phrases “under God” and “the flag of the United States of America,” quickly became a regular part of the school day. Pearl breaks down what several of the terms in the pledge mean, including justice, allegiance, and republic. The posture one should have when saying the pledge is covered as well. The amount of facial expression Matthew Skeens achieves with his edgy, geometric style is surprising. The cross-section of Americans represented is indicative of the more accurate histories that authors and illustrators are creating now. Like the rest of the books in the “American Symbols” series, the author has included a glossary, facts, and a list of additional resources. This book is perfect for beginner historians." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

June 30, 2008


Learning Magazine

2008 Teacher's Choice Award for Children's Books

January 1, 2008

Graphic Design USA

Inhouse Design Award by Graphic Design USA

April 1, 2008

Norman Pearl

Norman Pearl

Norman Pearl has written 10 children’s books. He writes on both science and social studies topics and can’t decide which he likes better. Norman lives in tropical Miami, Florida, with his wife and son. They have a small, white, fluffy dog named Max. Max thinks he is human, so the four of them go just about everywhere together. Norman usually writes his books under a palm tree while sipping lemonade. When he needs a break, he jumps in the pool for a swim. Usually, the rest of the family follows him in.

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