This is a repost,
one of my favorite songs and books, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Happy Birthday, America.
Bringing our National Anthem to Life
Few books have the power to move young students and make a difference; this one does. Whenever I sing our National Anthem with children, I pull out my well-loved and very worn book, The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier. Every page is a full color illustration of the words to the song.
This book makes my heart race! Every single time I read or sing the book, children are drawn in. There is wonder, and there are more questions, and inevitably a crowd of children begin pushing in to see and hear, and to learn.
This is what I wrote to families on one such occasion. “It happened like this…”
“I want to tell you about early morning in the Big Room today. It was one of…
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