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|Long may she wave : the true story of Caroline Pickersgill and her star-spangled creation|
Author: Fulton, Kristen
The true story of a girl who helped sew the American flag in the early 1800s that would inspire Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 189556
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 71227
Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (04/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/05/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2017 In this picture-book bio, Mary Pickersgill, a Baltimore widow, gathers together a group of women unable to vote, hold property, or work and defies public opinion to start a flag-making business. Her 13-year-old daughter, Caroline, helps make an enormous flag for Fort McHenry, and when the British attack in 1812, the flag becomes a symbol of freedom and inspires Francis Scott Key to write “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” which eventually becomes the national anthem. Fulton’s accessible language pairs with Berry’s colored-pencil block prints to create clear images of the effort of the women to make a flag of that size, and the battle that would eventually inspire a nation. Fulton includes a short list of resources, an author’s note, and the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The author’s note explains how Pickersgill negotiated a contract for two of the women, which was typically forbidden because they were African American. A strong look at women who up took up needle and thread to inspire a town, a man, and ultimately a nation. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 1–5—Hailing from a long line of flag makers, 13-year-old Caroline Pickersgill was up to the challenge when the commander of Fort McHenry in Baltimore came to her mother's business and ordered the biggest flag he could get (42 feet by 30 feet). Over the next six weeks, Caroline and her mother, grandmother, and two cousins, along with 13-year-old Grace Wisher, an African American indentured servant to Caroline's mother, spent numerous hours cutting and stitching the flag together. When the fort was later attacked by the British during the War of 1812, it was this magnificent flag that would inspire Francis Scott Key to write what would become "The Star-Spangled Banner." Fulton describes the British attack with fervor, integrating lyrics to the anthem into the narrative ("Each explosion gave enough light for Caroline to see, through the night, that the flag was still there."), while Berry's collaged block prints with colored pencil are full of energy, action, and red, white, and blue. VERDICT A brief but stirring account of a moment in early U.S. history. For medium to large collections.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.