Children see Proud to be American signs on cars and in windows everywhere. Yet have they any idea what the words really mean? Do they understand why they pledge allegiance to the flag, sing The Star-Spangled Banner, and celebrate the Fourth of July? Do they know why the Liberty Bell was rung, who lives in the White House, or why the Statue of Liberty holds a torch? It is the aim of Symbols of America to explain, in an engaging manner and with words young readers can readily understand, the origins and meanings of America's greatest symbols
"Tells the history of the United States from a bald eagle's point of view and features postage stamps that chronicle historic events. Includes factual back matter about bald eagles and postage stamps as well as a bibliography"--Provided by publisher.
Arguably, no symbol more firmly represents our country's independence than the bald eagle. But why this particular bird? Through factual, accessible text and crisp, colorful photos, young report writers will learn how the United States came to embrace this feathered American icon.
Through simple, fact-filled text and vivid photos, readers will enjoy learning about this important American symbol, including why the bald eagle was chosen as the national bird, if Ben Franklin really wanted a turkey instead, and how the eagle on the Presidential Seal has changed over the years. A follow-up activity guides readers in researching other national symbols from around the world.