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Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam
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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader

Uncle Sam

He has become one of the country's most well-known characters. Tall and firm, Uncle Sam stands for a strong U.S. government. Join meatpacker Sam Wilson in Uncle Sam as he shares the wild story of how he, a clown, and countless artists shaped this American symbol.

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile LevelIG670L
ATOS Level4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #123629
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Kris Sauer

"Geared toward early primary students, this picture book tells the story of Uncle Sam, one of America’s most enduring symbols. Uncle Sam got his name from Sam Wilson, a meatpacker who had a contract with the U.S. government to send meat to soldiers fighting the War of 1812. Some soldiers, seeing the initials “U.S.”--for United States, of course--thought those initials stood instead for “Uncle” Sam Wilson. Soon “Uncle Sam” came to represent the national government of the United States. Using simple text, interesting facts and colorful illustrations, this book details how this early American symbol developed into the iconic figure featured in more than 4 million World War I recruiting posters for the U.S. Army. Part of the 16-title “American Symbols” series, which won Learning Magazine’s 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, the text covers Standard 4 of the National Standards for History: How democratic values came to be, and how they have been exemplified by people, events and symbols. As a good nonfiction book should, this title includes a glossary, set of related facts, an index, an age-appropriate bibliography and a link to content-secure sites on the Internet. Accelerated Reader quizzes are also available on the publisher’s web site. This is a very accessible, interesting read that will help young students understand where one of the most enduring, folksy and accessible symbols of our country came from." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2009