The Fourth of July celebration along the coast of New Hampshire and Maine is presented in text and photographs.
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Grade 3 Up A photographic account of traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Camden and Thomaston, Mainecomplete with historical military regiments in authentic costume, marching bands, schooner races, firemen's paradesand of course, the fireworks at the end of the day. The color photographs are vivid and capture the mood of the spectators and the participants in the celebrations. The historical significance of the Independence Day celebration is mentioned, as is the 100-year-old tradition of the annual celebration in one of the Maine seacoast towns depicted here. The scope of this book is much more restricted than that of National Holidays Around the World (Fleet, 1968) by Lavinia Dobler. Dobler mentions the history of the legislation for the holiday on three pagesbut there are no pictures. Fireworks, Pictures, and Flags (Clarion, 1983) by James Cross Giblin offers much more substantive information about our national holiday, including an account of the evolution of such patriotic symbols as Uncle Sam, the American Eagle and the traditional picnic. America's Birthday is a pleasant browsing book but not an essential purchase for most school and public libraries. Phyllis Ingram, Fairfax County Public Library, Va.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 27828700