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Celebrate Independence Day: With Parades, Picnics, and Fireworks

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Strike up the band, pack a picnic, and enjoy the fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day takes a nationwide perspective on the joy of America's biggest party. All the history and culture of Independence Day is here, along with fun facts, an all-American recipe, a locator map for every photo and a complete resource guide. Deborah Heiligman's rich narrative evokes the patrioti ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Apr 06, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
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This wonderful book has an in depth explanation about the history of Independence Day and how we celebrate it today. It talks about how we came to celebrate this day and describes the traditions people cherish. For example, we have parades, picnics, people make heartfelt speeches, watch fireworks, and remember the importance of this day. “Hooray for Freedom!” At the end of the book, there is a fact sheet about Independence Day and how people celebrate their own around the world! The book has eng ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Monica rated it liked it
I liked the book. I enjoyed the full color pictures and the personal touches added by included the diverse groups of people celebrating the day. I loved the additions at the end. The recipes, the myths and facts, maps, etc. In light of the fact that many books of this nature completely fail to mention Native or African Americans, I do appreciate the three sentences about them that were included. However, this is a pretty recent book. It is time for writers to get more honest about the treatment ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
The book informs readers about the history of our U.S. Independence Day. Details, maps, recipes, colorful photos, and engaging text make this an excellent book. Some multicultural Independence Days are described on p. 27 and include how Mexico, Iceland, Botswana, and Cambodia celebrate. Grades K-3.

Curriculum Connection: The book is an excellent one to add to lessons on patriotism. It also helps reinforce the concept of a tradition and includes examples such as parades, picnics, three-legged race
National Geographic has brought its signature outstanding color photography to this large format picture book and paired it with simply stated text about our patriotic American holiday. Paragraphs are set apart by keywords and phrases from each spread printed in very large text across the middle of the page. Traditional activities, foods, and events are described, from parades and picnics to fireworks and ceremonies for persons taking the oath of citizenship. Indices include basic Independence D ...more
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Mar 04, 2012 Emily Shazer rated it it was amazing
This book was really good at describing what it is like for people in America who celebrate independence day. It went through why we celebrate it and what it is about and shows some of the traditions that American's practice on Independence day and the week leading up to it. I would definitely keep this book in my class library no matter what age because being a teacher in Chicago, there is a great chance that I will have students who are not from America, so they may want to know some of the tr ...more
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Deborah Heiligman's second job was at the Scholastic News Explorer, the 4th grade classroom magazine. There discovered that she loved writing for children and she has never looked back.

After the birth of her two children she started to work as a freelancer. She has written 28 children's books as well as articles for numerous magazines including Ladies' Home Journal, Sesame Street Parents Guide, P
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