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More than any other, one song traces America’s history of patriotism and protest. Everyone knows the words to “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.” What most don’t realize is that this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years. Generations of protesters and civil rights pioneers have created new lyrics, beginning in royalist Britain and continuing through conflicMore than any other, one song traces America’s history of patriotism and protest. Everyone knows the words to “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.” What most don’t realize is that this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years. Generations of protesters and civil rights pioneers have created new lyrics, beginning in royalist Britain and continuing through conflicts in colonial times, the American Revolution, the suffragist and labor movements, and the struggles for black and Native American civil rights. With spectacular illustrations by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Bryan Collier, My Country, ’Tis of Thee offers a fascinating insight into the American fight for freedom....

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights Reviews

  • Barbara
    2019-05-09 14:21

    This fascinating historical study of the well-known patriotic song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" provides information on its background and how protesters through the ages revised its verses. Doing so allowed them to make the song their own and allowed their voices and causes to be heard. The author traces the song's journey from its beginnings in England as "God Save the King" all the way through its use during fights for suffrage for women and civil rights for African-Americans. The text and luminous collage illustrations make it clear that each step of the way during this nation's growth, often the words to the song were not lived up to but still served as inspiration for some. The final illustration features Aretha Franklin belting out the song at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, and the text encourages readers to craft their own verses for one of their own causes. Inspiring stuff, this picture book shows once again the power of word and song to move others and to encourage change.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-23 13:21

    It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked as a children’s librarian. It doesn’t matter how many books for kids you’ve read or how much of your life is dedicated to bringing them to the reading public. What I love so much about my profession is the fact that I can always be surprised. Take My Country, ‘Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy as a prime example. I admit that when I glanced at the cover I wasn’t exactly enthralled. After all, this isn’t exactly the first book to give background information on a patriotic song or poem. We’ve seen a slate of books talking about "We Shall Overcome" over the years (one by Debby Levy and one by Stuart Stotts) as well as books on the Pledge of Allegiance or “The New Colossus”. So when I read the title of this book I admit suppressing a bit of an inward groan. Another one? Haven’t we seen enough of these? Well, no. Turns out we haven’t seen enough of them. Or, to be more precise, we haven’t seen enough good ones. What Murphy manages to do here is tie-in a seemingly familiar song to not just the history of America but to the embodiment of Civil Rights in this country itself. So expertly woven together it’ll make your eyes spin, Murphy brings us a meticulously researched, brilliant work of nonfiction elegance. Want to know how to write a picture book work of factual fascinating information for kids? Behold the blueprint right before your eyes.The press for this book says, “More than any other, one song traces America’s history of patriotism and protest.” More than you ever knew. Originally penned in 1740 as “God Save the King”, the tune was sung by supporters of King George II. It soon proved, however, to be an infinitely flexible kind of song. Bonnie Prince Charlie’s followers sang it in Scotland to new verses and it traveled to America during the French and Indian War. There the colonists began to use it in different ways. The preacher George Whitefield rewrote it to celebrate equality amongst all, the revolutionary colonists to fight the power, the loyalists to celebrate their king, and even a woman in 1795 published a protest verse for women using the song. In each instance of the song’s use, author Claire Rudolf Murphy shows the context of that use and then writes out some of the new verses. Before our eyes it’s adapted to the Northern and Southern causes during The Civil War. It aids labor activists fighting for better pay. Women, Native Americans, and African-Americans adopt it, each to their own cause until, ultimately, we end with Barack Obama as president. Backmatter includes copious Source Notes documenting each instance of the song, as well as a Bibliography and Further Resources that are split between “If You Want to Learn More” and “Musical Links”. There is also sheet music for the song and the lyrics of the four stanzas as we know them today.There’s always a bit of a thrill in being an adult reading information about history for the first time in a work for kids. I confess readily that I learned a TON from this book. But beyond that, it was the scope of the book that really captured my heart. That it equates patriotism with protest in the same breath is a wonderful move in and of itself. However, part of what I like so much about the book is that it is clear that our work is nowhere close to done. Here is how the book ends: “Now it’s your turn. Write a new verse for a cause you believe in. Help freedom ring.” Right there Murphy is making it clear that for all that the Obama’s inauguration makes for a brilliant capper to her story, it’s not the END of the story. People are still fighting for their rights. There are still causes out there worth protesting. Smart teachers, I hope, will brainstorm with their students the problems still facing equal opportunities in America today and will use this book to give kids a chance to voice their own opinions. There’s a trend in nonfiction for kids right now that you’ll usually find in science picture books. When it comes to selling books to children, it can be awfully frustrating for an author to have limit their work to a very precise age range or reading level since, inevitably, your readership ages out of your book fairly quickly. The solution? Two types of text in the same book. The author will write a simple sentence on a page and then pair that with a dense paragraph of facts on the other. The advantage of this is that now the book reads aloud well to younger ages while still carrying information for the older kids. Or, put another way, children studying a subject can now get more information out of a single book if they’re interested and can disregard that same information if they’re not. I mention this because the layout of this book looks at first like that’s what Murphy was going for. You’ll have the factual information, followed by the new verses of the song. Then, at the end, in larger type will be a simple sentence. Yet as I read the book it became clear that what Murphy’s actually doing is using the large type sentences to draw connections from one page to another. For example, on the page about women marching for the right to vote, the section ends with the large type sentence, “But the privilege to vote didn’t extend to Native Americans, male or female” (a fact that, I am ashamed to say, I did not know). Turn the page and now we’re reading about the Native American struggles for Civil Rights and after reading the factual information the bolded sentence reads, “Equality did not exist for everyone in America.” Turn the page and there’s Marion Anderson. And it is at this point that Murphy draws her most brilliant connections between the pages. Marion Anderson leads to Martin Luther King listening to her Lincoln Memorial performance on the radio when he is ten, then we turn the page to King proclaiming “My country, ‘tis of thee” in his “I have a dream” speech, which then naturally ties into Aretha Franklin singing the song at the inauguration of Barack Obama. Amazing.Now I’ve a funny relationship to the art of Bryan Collier. Sometimes I feel like he gives a book his all and comes out swinging as a result. If you’ve ever seen his work on Uptown or Knock Knock or Martin's Big Words or Dave the Potter then you know what he’s capable of. By the same token, for every Uptown there’s a Lincoln and Douglass where it just doesn’t have that good old-fashioned Collier magic. I worried that maybe My Country, ‘Tis of Thee would fall into that category, particularly after seeing the anemic George Washington awkwardly placed on the book's cover. As it turns out, that’s probably the weakest image in the book. Go into it and you’ll see that Collier is in fine fettle for the most part. For example, in a section discussing how both the North and the South adopted this song and sang their own verses to it, Collier brilliantly overlays a soldier’s tent against a plantation background. Inside the tent are shots of the battle raging, letters from the soldiers spilling out over the sides like a fabric of their own. Turn the page and now the fields are bare, the Emancipation Proclamation having been declared, and the papers you see floating across the earth and into the sky all begin with “A Proclamation”. This is the kind of attention to detail that gets completely ignored in a work of nonfiction, even when the artist has taken a great deal of care and attention. It took me about five or six reads before I would notice the photographs of kids interspersed with the drawn people. And sure there’s the occasional misstep (the tea dumped by the Bostonians looks a bit more like the wings of birds than something you'd like to consume, and while Collier nails Aretha Franklin better than anyone I’ve ever seen he just can NOT get George Washington quite right) on the whole the book hangs together as well as it does because Collier knows what he’s doing.I can already tell you that this book will not get the attention it deserves. And what it deserves is a place in every single classroom, library, and bookstore shelf in the nation. Yet this isn’t a work of children’s nonfiction that slots neatly into a pre-made hole. There’s nothing else really like this book out there. That it works as a brilliant piece of nonfiction as well as a smart as all get out piece of history and classroom ideas for teachers is clear. What it has to say about our country and our people and how they’ve fought for their rights should not, under any circumstances, be missed. It’s hard to write patriotic American fare for kids that doesn’t just sound like boosterism. This book manages to pull it off and you feel pretty good after it does. Do not miss it. Don’t.For ages 7-12.

  • June
    2019-05-15 17:09

    Really enjoyed the history and various versions of the song. I found the 1795 version still appropriate today."God save each Female's right,Show to her ravished sightWoman is Free;Let Freedom's voice prevail,And draw aside the veil,Supreme Effulgence hail,Sweet Liberty."Again in 1920:"Our country, now from theeClaim we our liberty,In freedom's name.Guarding home's altar fires,Daughters of patriot sires,Their zeal our own inspires,Justice to claim."Also an older labor song seems apt."My country, 'tis of thee,Once land of liberty,Of thee I sing.Land of the Millionaire;Farmers with pockets bare:Caused by the cursed snare -The Money Ring."Wonderful ending with Marian Anderson's version sung on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Followed by Martin Luther King's version from the March on Washington and finally Aretha Franklin's version at Obama's inauguration.

  • Shaeley Santiago
    2019-05-08 18:24

    History of the song, beginning with its roots as "God Save the Queen." Traces new verses of the song written to advocate for various movements in history such as women's suffrage and the Civil Rights movement. End notes in book are a fascinating read of where various new verses were published.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-17 13:29

    Informative, enlightening and fascinating with exceptional illustrations by Bryan Collier.

  • Sonic
    2019-05-04 16:09

    To be honest the art was a slapdash mix of watercolor and collage and photography, and it was not well-done in my opinion. But the message, is important, and is well written.

  • Amy Souza
    2019-05-07 13:26

    This is a beautiful book that explains and shares the many incarnations of the tune My Country 'Tis of Thee. It takes it from England to the American Colonies to many of our social change movements.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-05-05 18:10

    If I have learned anything as a teacher and an author, it’s to have a unique way of presenting information. Claire Rudolph Murphy does exactly this in her picture book, My Country Tis of Thee. This nonfiction text tells not just the story of the beloved song of that name but of many groups who embraced the song and their unique rendition of the song. The illustrations by Brian Collier are also more creative than is common fare for nonfiction. Publication of My Country Tis of Thee has even been followed up with an original promotion.Murphy starts off by telling readers that more than any other, My Country Tis of Thee traces American’s history of patriotism and protest. Next she takes a step backwards to inform readers that this famous American song actually first appeared in England in the 1700’s to support the king of the time. After that, British colonial soldiers sang the song to celebrate victories in the French and Indian War. Not long after this, however, the song became a part of American history. So far, this might sound like a typical nonfiction text.However, Murphy then proceeds to explain that while in 1776 the United States declared its independence, not everyone was equally free. Women were not free to vote, to own property, or to make important decisions about their children’s lives. America also did not represent freedom for the four million slaves in the South. These are the groups with which we are most familiar, but Murphy is not yet done. You see labor activists believed that equal rights meant better working conditions, higher pay, an eight-hour workday, and an end to child labor. Moreover, the privilege to vote in 1920 did not extend to Native Americans. Murphy does an excellent job in referencing a wide variety of groups.I also appreciate that she includes a sample of the verse or poem of My Country Tis of Thee which were written to address various social issues. At the end of her overview of the history of this famous patriotic song, Murphy issues a challenge to readers: “Now it’s your turn. Write a new verse for a cause you believe in.” This challenge even became part a promotion of Murphy’s informative picture book. So far, I have not yet found a deadline for The My Country Tis of Thee Music Project, which invites students, choirs, classes and clubs to submit new lyrics and performance recordings to the tune of ‘My Country Tis of Thee’. However, even if the official contest is over, I could see teachers issuing a similar local challenge.As I noted at the start, other features of My Country Tis of Thee also stand out. For example, Collier’s watercolor, collage scenes, and portraits are intricately detailed. Befitting the somber topic, the visuals are often somber, with dark and neutral tones. Just as appropriate, however, the atmospheric illustrations are brightened by blues. In addition, the settings and apparel in the artwork will help readers envision the shifts from one period to another.One last feature must be noted before I end my review and that is the end content. Murphy includes a Source Notes for every page. She lists seven books as part of her bibliography. For those who want to learn more, and you very well might for Murphy gives only a glimpse into our patriotic songs, she suggests nine additional sources. Last, on her website, one can find musical performances of all the protest verses. My Country Tis of Thee is a true work of craftsmanship.

  • Jill
    2019-05-20 14:14

    This book follows the history of the song “America” and how the lyrics evolved over the years to reflect the political exigencies of the day. Because it is such a well known tune, and because it is such an iconic statement of about the ideals of America, generations of protestors have changed the words as part of their struggles for rights.The author explains that the song first appeared in England in the 1740s as “God Save the King.” She then takes the song across the Atlantic where the colonists sang it, altering the words when they declared independence. In 1831, Samuel Francis Smith published the version we sing today that begins with “My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.” But women, blacks, Native Americans, and labor activists later issued adaptations of the song to reflect their lack of liberty.In each instance, the author explains the context and supplies some of the new verses.She continues her journey through American history, culminating with the stirring speech of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 when he spoke of his dream of transforming the nation into one of brotherhood, declaring:And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing…."She concludes by noting that forty-five years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s plea, the first person of color was elected to be President of the United States, and Aretha Franklin sang “America” at the inauguration. But she doesn’t suggest the struggle for equal rights has ended. She writes:"Now it’s your turn. Write a new verse for a cause you believe in. Help freedom ring.”At the end of the book, the author provides source notes, a bibliography, links to further resources, and sheet music for the song as we know it today.Multiple award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier uses dramatic two-page mixtures of watercolors and collage. As always, he doesn’t just illustrate the text; his imagery adds his own commentary, enhancing the text with additional meaning.Evaluation: This is an excellent way to teach children American history from a unique perspective, in two senses: one is that it provides an encapsulation of American history from the viewpoint of minorities, and two, it uses a clever and interesting approach with its focus on the changing lyrics of one song.

  • ReviewkuWithAnne
    2019-05-05 15:31

    My Country 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy; Illustrated by Bryan CollierCELEBRATION SONGS Singing civil rights. Pioneers and protesters. Verse after new verse.Nitty Gritty: Who? This is a book for readers, learners, and singers, ages 5 and up.The main character of the book is a well known song — “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” — representing the history of civil rights as seen through sets of shifting verses. What?This is a nonfiction historical/instructional picture book, narrated in third person with a tilt towards second person at the very end.The events of the book unfold chronologically in a succession of quoted verses and careful explanations, covering historic decisions, struggles and battles, protests and persistence, activism and patriotism. Where?More than just a bedtime story, this is a tale to be shared in classrooms, family rooms, libraries and more.The setting of this historical tale moves from Britain to America. When?This book might be read any day at any time, as an adult, as a teen, as a tween, as or to a child.The events of this book span a time period of over two centuries, dating back to the 1740s and moving through today. Why?Readers will choose this book for many reasons — perhaps to learn more about American history, or more about civil rights, or more about the power of music, or more about social change.Why does this song carry so much weight? The reasons can be seen in the lyrics of the shifting verses chronicling social change. How?Readers are changed as they learn more about the growth of civil rights as seen through the shifting lyrics of a well known tune.The song of the title is changed as the lyrics are continuously revised to advance and reflect social and political change.The story ends on a note of hope and in invitation to the reader to contribute to the ongoing growth and promotion of civil rights by penning a new verse of their very own.

  • Joan
    2019-04-27 15:19

    Any book with illustrations by Collier deserves at least 3 stars right then and there. However, Collier has done better work. The last three spreads with fairly modern history (Anderson, King, Aretha Franklin) were the best by far although p.22-23 was also excellent. The text was ok. I was a bit disappointed that there was nothing about the power of music in general. The text was only on this one song.The text was very interesting, but I feel that an opportunity to make the focus of the book a bit more general was missed. It was interesting that the song likely originated in the war between King George II and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Certainly it was the song's fate to be used in numerous wars and protests, and will likely be used in the future. I found one variation of the song could be used by the Bernie Sanders campaign:My country 'tis of thee,Once land of liberty,Of thee I singLand of the Millionaire;Farmers with pockets bare;Caused by the cursed snare-The money Ring (p. 29)Just change a few words and it could be Bernie Sanders' campaign song! Billionaire for Millionaire and do something different with the last line. I'm glad I took a look through this book but I sure don't see it winning any awards. Excellent for any assignment on music although that has been an unasked question for most of my career!

  • Ace
    2019-05-13 17:14

    If elegance in writing is communicating profundity clearly, then Claire Rudolf Murphy’s My Country ’Tis of Thee is quite an elegant book. Murphy recounts how the song “My Country ’Tis of Thee” has been adapted by various groups for various, sometimes opposing purposes. British loyalists and revolutionary soldiers, Union soldiers and Confederate soldiers, Abolitionists, Suffragists, civil rights activists—all have used their own versions of “My Country ’Tis of Thee.” As Murphy follows the song’s transformations, she paints a nuanced portrait of the United States throughout its history. The back matter includes source notes for each spread. These notes are packed with fascinating factoids and minutiae.Also, teachers might find more handy material at Murphy’s website: http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/Brian Collier’s illustrations are wonderful, utilizing collage, watercolor, photography, and other techniques and media.A wonderful book, My Country ’Tis of Thee has a place in every schoolroom and school library.

  • Oghafoerkhan
    2019-04-28 16:19

    I read this to my three girls, ages 8, 6, and 4. It was interesting how each of these ages absorbed different amounts of information. They were all enthralled by the poetry of the different versions of the song, and for my oldest is was a great history lesson. I got a copy several months ago, but brought it out last night because my oldest is learning the words of My County Tis Of Thee with her Girl Scout troop.I learned things about the civil rights movement from this book as well. For instance, I did not know that the last group in America to gain the vote were Native Americans. It's very refreshing to read a nonfiction picture book that introduces little known or little covered information.This book is a valuable home resource and also great for educators, especially since it can entertain such a wide spectrum of ages.

  • Amy Lafleur
    2019-05-15 13:14

    Claire Rudolf Murphy tells the history of the song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and how its been changed to fit various times and social movements in the search for obtaining civil rights for all. The the tune began as "God Save the King" and was adopted by the patriots' cause for independence. It's been adopted and adapted by many causes by abolitionists and later those who sought equal rights. Murphy shows the history with the changing lyrics so one can sing along, as well as colorful illustrations and short paragraphs with information about the movements. This is a beautiful and informative book that is well-organized and well-researched with source notes and further resources to learn about the information presented. I really appreciated the call to children to interact with the book and write their own lyrics to support a cause they believe.

  • Eileen
    2019-05-20 11:13

    Use in American Girl Program- Melody Ellison.

  • PamPage
    2019-05-09 14:19

    This is one powerful children's book. Taking the song, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", the author traces the changes that were made to the song over the years due to historical events. Starting from the origins of the song in 1740 when it first was sung by British who supported King George II to the version slaves sang in the South to Aretha Franklin's performance for Obama's inauguration, it is a fascinating look at the lyrics over the years and their reflection to history. Every classroom should own a copy of this beautiful book that includes end papers with the lyrics and music and more information at the back.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-05-19 13:10

    So, I wasn't as thrilled with this book as everyone else was. I saw aspects this book as "America was a horrible place UNTIL we elected Barack Obama". In other words, the typical indoctrination of our youth that you see in some of these children's books. I think it was more some of this author's choice of words. Furthermore, I think children of the age group that this book is targeted towards will have difficulties with comprehension. ON THAT NOTE!: I loved how the author broke down lyrics to the song and applied them to what was happening in history at the time. Just a really cool and creative idea.

  • Margie
    2019-05-15 16:13

    Unless you were alive in 1831 it's probably hard to pinpoint when America, words penned by Samuel Francis Smith, was assimilated into your mind's cultural repertoire. It stands to reason it was probably first heard in an elementary school music class. For other individual groups throughout history it gave voice to their beliefs. My Country 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights (Henry Holt and Company) written by Claire Rudolf Murphy with illustrations by Bryan Collier explores the value of a single song; its place on the timeline of change in the United States.My full review: http://bit.ly/1oCHloo

  • Kris Dinnison
    2019-05-06 12:24

    Claire Rudolph Murphy has turned her keen sense of history and justice on a song that many people mistake for our national anthem. In this wonderful picture book, illustrated by award-winning artist Bryan Collier, Murphy traces the history of the song from it's origins in England through the U.S. to it's role in the Civil Rights Movement. She discovers many versions of the lyrics and encourages readers to write their own verses based on causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Murphy is a rigorous researcher and a wonderful storyteller, and this book brings those skills together to great success.

  • Sharon Lawler
    2019-05-02 11:13

    Illustrated by Bryan Collier in watercolor and collage, and authored by Claire Rudolf Murphy, the pair highlight actual alternative verses that have been written using the the song, "My County 'Tis of Thee". As the front jacket flap says, " ..this iconic song has been a beacon of change for hundreds of years." From colonial times to the present, new verses have been written for the American Revolution, the the suffragist and labor movements, for Native American and black civil rights. I had no idea that the song had been used for so many causes.

  • Yapha
    2019-05-08 13:23

    The song "America," more commonly known as "My Country 'Tis of Thee," is not the national anthem, but has played an important role throughout American history. This book traces its evolution from "God Save the King" in the 1740s, up through the various protests and civil rights struggles it has been used in. The author includes a variety of verses sung to the same tune, in the hopes that the United States would in fact become a "sweet land of liberty." A fascinating look at one song's changing place in history. Recommended for grades 3 and up.

  • Mrs. Tongate
    2019-05-16 14:17

    In 1938 opera star, Marian Anderson, sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 75,000 people. In protest and patriotism she sang, but changed 2 words. She wasn't allowed to sing inside Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. This was her version:My country tis of thee,Sweet land of liberty,FOR thee WE sing.Land where my fathers died!Land of the pilgrims' pride!From every mountainside,Let freedom ring! 10 year old Martin Luther King, Jr. was listening on the radio to Marian Anderson this special day in 1939.Spectacular llustrations make this read.

  • GalindoLibrarian
    2019-05-18 16:31

    Would make a good classroom study. This book is begging for a timeline and taking some side trips with other novels, books, songs & art about the whole span of American History. I love that the ending asks the reader to write their own verses. A culminating project to study of American History and it's peoples' movements would be to study a social justice issue and have students write their own verses.

  • Kifflie
    2019-05-15 11:14

    There's a very interesting history behind this song (which I grew up knowing as "America"). The author takes us through the story step by step, as one group of people after another adopt the tune and change the lyrics to reflect a particular cause.Very effectively illustrated by Bryan Collier.

  • Bethe
    2019-04-25 12:10

    bookaday #70. Excellent nonfiction showing the history of this patriotic song and how it has been changed to suit various groups' purposes. Striking illustrations mix watercolor and photo collages. Good back matter documenting each spread's sources. Be sure to look under the dust jacket for a close up of one of the images in the book.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-05 12:30

    This picture book will be a great addition to the middle school library. It's bibliography alone shows the research. It tells a wonderful story (factual story) of a song and it's variations to serve people in despair, rejoice or unity. It encourages the reader to write their own verse. Great cross curricular activity.

  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2019-05-11 11:25

    A stunning new picture book illustrated by Bryan Collier traces the history of this iconic song, which has been sung in various versions over the years to express the longings for freedom and equality of different underrepresented groups. Told in a chronological style, the book highlights struggles by women, Native Americans, African Americans and others to achieve liberty for all.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-01 18:27

    Stunning, the progression of the text and how it connects the song and various civil rights events (for freedom, women, and races), is outstanding. The illustrations are lovely with painting and some collage to give them depth.

  • Julee
    2019-05-21 17:04

    How the song God Save the King evolved through the history of civil rights becoming the well loved American song My Country 'Tis of Thee. This will appeal to history buffs and would be a useful perpective in understanding American history.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-14 12:17

    A well researched and fascinating history of the evolution of the patriotic song. The writing is perfectly done for reading aloud and sharing with children. Collier's mixed media artwork blew me away. Highly recommend this book for classroom use in grades 3-5.