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Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:148146096X
LANGUAGE:English

" The text is not especially informative. The author's note offers better insight. " said.

" Interesting history and some nice wood-cut esque illustrations. " said.

" This is a story that needs to be told. Actually, the author's notes at the end were more informative than the text. I would have preferred more period appropriate illustrations. " said.

" Narrow focus on the flag that flew over Fort McHenry. Even though the words to the song are dropped throughout the text as the battle unfolds, no mention of Francis Scott Key in the text. He gets a very brief mention in the Author's Note.Text is in various sizes, larger font shows action, such as "Press, lift" when making the flag or sounds of the battle.The map is fairly accurate if one turns the book upside down - but perhaps that is artistic license. " said.

"When Caroline Pickersgill was 13-years-old, her mother was contracted to sew a very large American Flag. It was meant to be seen by the British from miles away. The flag was very large and much of it had to be sewn while the flag was on the floor - Caroline was perfect for this job. She was young and nimble - what an honor for her first flag! Incorporating memorable lines from The Star Spangled Banner, this picture book follows Caroline as she witnesses the battle of Fort McHenry and watches to see if her flag is still there.

This beautiful tribute to our flag and the dedicated women who made it is a great quick read for a history lesson - although most of our history is about the men who fought the battles, it’s great to know about the women whose handiwork is on display in our nation’s capitol.

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" Great picture book to teach the meaning of the national anthem and a great mentor text for historical research and narrative journalism. " said.

" Long May She Wave is a fascinating look at the lives of the girls and women who stitched the flag featured in the Star Spangled Banner. Fulton's vivid text brings the story to life and echoes the national anthem as the main character watches to see if her flag still waves over the bombs of battle. Extra attention is given in Fulton's author's note to the other women who worked together to sew a piece of American History. Five stars. " said.

"The story of the creation of the Star Spangled Banner-the giant flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired the National Anthem.
It was lost on me that these flags were sewn by hand, so large that it took a team to fold it and move it, and in this case especially poignant as Caroline's mother was a widow who opened her business at a time that women did not own businesses. Add in an indenture African American girl, whose mother wanted her to learn the trade, and this becomes a very powerful American story. Be sure to read the Author's Note!
The graphic block print illustrations are simple and just right. An excellent narrative nonfiction choice.
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