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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-19 
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.

" 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.

" History of the flag. From advanced reader copy. " said.

" 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.
" said.

"A fascinating story that I did not know. The text is accessible for young readers, and I appreciated the lines from The Star-Spangled Banner woven throughout in telling the story of the attack on Fort McHenry. Though it is the author's note that truly highlighted the story of Caroline Pickersgill for me. The note sends a strong message of female empowerment also, while acknowledging that in that time in historywomen did not have many rights, while Aftrican Americans didn't either. The illustrator bio on the back flap states she is a block printmaker, which helps explain the specific illustration style - it also seems to have some collage aspects." said.

"This is a great picture book about the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner, the 30 foot by 42 foot, 15-star, 15-stripe flag that flew over Fort McHenry, Maryland during the fort's defense, and which would become the focus of our national anthem.

The text, which recalls lines and language from Francis Scott Key's work, is eminently suitable for storytime presentation, and illustrated beautifully by Holly Berry's art, a composite of line art and paper-cut illustration.

I was so excited to find this for my planned storytime on 4th of July weekend - but my regular attendees were on vacation. Alas!
" said.

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