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“Full of facts, this colorful book should please young readers.”
—Northern Latitudes Literacy Network
“My flag answers to many names: ‘Old Glory,’ ‘Stars and Stripes,’ ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ But to me you will forever be my Red, White, and Blue.”
Red, White, and Blue celebrates the American flag by describing what it means to one small child. Using innovative textile artwork, Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton illustrates the poetic text as she explains what the flag’s three colors represent, “sacrifice, loyalty, pride.” As the young heroine pedals her bike under a rippling flag, she declares, “our people may be of every color, but we are united by the Red, White, and Blue.” This historically rich book will be a great addition to any child’s library.
About the American Flag In 1777, the Continental Congress declared that the flag would have a patch of blue signifying the heavens. One white star for each state would form a “new constellation.” Alternating red and white stripes represented the states. These stripes multiplied as states were added, until Congress passed a law returning the number of stripes to the initial thirteen to stand for the original thirteen colonies.
It has been said that George Washington believed the white stripes stood for liberty. The Veterans of Foreign Wars believe the red stripes stand for the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who defend the rights and liberties of the United States of America. The color blue reminds citizens of their loyalty to our nation.