“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
America the Beautiful Together We Stand. Written by Katharine Lee Bates Illustrated by Bryan Collier, Raul Colon, Diane Goode, Mary Grandpre, John Hendrix, Yuyi Morales, Jon J. Muth, LeUyen Pham, Sonia Lynn Sadler, and Chris Soentpiet. Orchard Books. c. 2013, 32pp.
Synopsis: This book has a line from the well-known poem, “America the Beautiful” on each page along with a quote from an American president and a beautiful double-page illustration from one of the illustrators listed above. At the end of the book there is an explanation of famous national landmarks and symbols as well as information on our democracy.
Reading Level: 650L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This is an appropriate book for patriotism, history, national holidays, and interpreting specific quotes.
CCSS Connection: This book would be good to use for CCSS RI3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea because each page has a quote, an image, and a line from a poem that all relate to one central theme.