Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Homeschool Book Review ~ Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner

This cute little book was a hit in our homeschool classroom (aka the dining room.)  Even my 10 year old, who said she knew all about Betsy Ross, was sucked in.  Not only was she interested in the story, before the book was over, she had taken it and started reading it to her sisters.  Later, she snuck it upstairs to read, so I wouldn't know she was reading the book that she said would be boring.

The illustrations are cute without being overly juvenile.  The colors are vibrant, much like colors used in colonial times.

Wallner presents a simple biography and the traditional story of how Betsy Ross contributed to the design the first flag.  She also includes an author's note at the end of the book, explaining that there is no way to prove that this story is true or that Betsy Ross actually did make the first flag.

At the end of the book, we are taught how to make a five pointed star.  This lead to a fun time designing our own 13 star flag.  This entertaining activity helped my children learn about our flag and it's symbolism.

I recommend this book for elementary aged children K-5.  Here's the link to the copy at the Bellingham Library.

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