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The Star-Spangled Banner: Introducing Primary Sources
The Star-Spangled Banner: Introducing Primary Sources
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The Star-Spangled Banner: Introducing Primary Sources

Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became our country's national anthem in celebration of America's surprise victory over Britain in the War of 1812. It was sung for more than a century before it became our country's official national anthem in 1931. Using primary sources, young readers hear the story behind how the poem became a song and then a national anthem that is sung to this day. Engaging text, colorful photos, sidebars and a variety of primary sources introduce readers to the Star Spangled Banner.

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades PreK-2
Lexile Level770L
ATOS Level4.7
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #179559
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeSequence
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandSmithsonian Little Explorer
Page Dimensions7 3/4" x 8 3/4"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $30.65 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Series Nonfiction.  Readers receive two lessons in one: the history of an iconic symbol of the U.S. (the flag, Statue of Liberty, etc.) and instruction on how to learn through primary sources. The use of archival images and documents reinforces the series’ goals admirably." - Booklist

April 1, 2017

School Library Journal - Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Pub. Lib. (NC)

"This series does a crackerjack job of exploring the back stories of some of America’s most beloved documents and monuments. . . .With one concise paragraph and a few illustrations per page, these titles are ideally suited for early fluent readers. . . .this series does offer a colorful, engaging presentation." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2016

Tamra B. Orr

Tamra B. Orr

Tamra Orr is a full-time author living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of more than 400 educational books for readers of all ages. Her book on school violence was voted New York Public Library’s best nonfiction book for teens. She has a degree in English/Education from Ball State University. Tamra has been fascinated with history all of her life and enjoys the chance to learn more about it when researching for a book. She lives in Oregon with her husband, four children, dog, and cat.

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