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America: A Patriotic Primer

Author: Lynne Cheney
Publisher: Simon and Schuster • 2002 • 40 pages

More needed than ever in these times of war and liberal self-doubt, Lynne Cheney’s “America: A Patriotic Primer” is an alphabet primer in which A is for America and B is for “the Birthday of this country of ours”! Exuberantly illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, this book takes your kids on a whirlwind tour through the alphabet to teach them the history, values, tenacity, and faith of the American people.

“America: A Patriotic Primer” will help you impress upon your children what makes our country great. C, for example, is for “the Constitution that binds us together.” Mrs. Cheney doesn’t let multiculturalist revisionism stop her from pointing out that “the Constitution of the United States has inspired constitution-writers around the world.” Likewise, under “F is for Freedom and the Flag that we fly” she includes instructions on how to fold a flag with the proper respect, and how to say the Pledge of Allegiance! H is for Heroes, I for Ideals, P for Patriotism, and V is for Valor!

Those are by no means the only elements in this colorful book that will make liberals blanch. G, proclaims Mrs. Cheney, “is for God in whom we trust. Freedom to worship God as they chose brought people to America. Freedom to worship God as we choose sustains our country today.” She also includes capsule profiles of America’s heroes: J is for Jefferson, L is for Lincoln, M is for Madison, and W is for Washington!

Nor does this book limit itself to bare capsule descriptions of the people and events chosen for each letter. Under J is for Jefferson, for example, we find charming drawings and explanations of some of Jefferson’s chief accomplishments: the Louisiana Purchase, the University of Virginia, the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and more – plus choice quotes from the Jefferson himself.

Forthrightly patriotic and wonderfully, informative, “America: A Patriotic Primer” will be a treasured addition to your children’s book collection – and a valued resource to help them learn why America shines as a beacon of freedom and opportunity.

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