Friday, July 2, 2010

Themed Reviews: Fourth of July

A long, hot day spent outside at the pool, enjoying a barbecue feast, watching a parade, and listening to patriotic tunes, as fireworks explode in the sky--nothing quite says summer like the Fourth of July. Every year Americans gather with friends and family to celebrate our nation’s independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Did you know? In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. On July 4, 2008, the nation's population was 304 million. (Taken from

The selections found in the feature can help in showing children the exciting activities and traditions associated with the Fourth of July, as well as the history behind this day of independence. Browse through the titles and those from previous years for some selections to share with your family or students.

Pippa at the Parade
Karen Roosa
Illustrated Julie Fortenberry
Pippa stands on the curb with her parents as she watches the parade. She taps her toes and claps her hands to the beat of the marching band. Some of the instruments featured include drums, trumpets, and trombones. Pippa marvels at gymnasts’ flips, the tall man on stilts, and a red balloon sailing into the blue sky. She eats pizza, popcorn, and a candy apple. Afterward Pippa goes to a carnival and wins a stuffed animal when she throws a ball threw a hoop. She and her parents watch fireworks flare in the evening air. At the close of her exciting day, her dad carries her home and tucks her into bed. The snappy text written in verse will engage listeners when the book is read aloud. Colorful illustrations add movement and joy as they show a loving family enjoying a special day together. 2009, Boyds Mills Press, $16.95. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 9781590785676
ISBN: 1590785673

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