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Posted: May 29 2008 at 3:34pm | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Has anyone used any of Lynne Cheyney's picture books for a study of American History? I am planning a summer unit study and they look intriguing!

A is for Abigail

Our Fifty States

America: A Patriotic Primer


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Posted: May 29 2008 at 7:31pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

I LOVE them!!!

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Posted: May 31 2008 at 9:43am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

That's a good enough endorsement for me, thanks Mary!   

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Posted: May 31 2008 at 9:57am | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

We love them. My friend got them signed by Lynne Cheney at a local bookstore for my Abigail - and they are a treasured gift!!

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Posted: June 04 2008 at 10:57pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

We have the "America" one and really like it! i guess i should say DH & I enjoy it , as our girls are a bit young still.

i've seen the others and really like them too.

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Posted: June 05 2008 at 7:13am | IP Logged Quote Philothea

We have a signed copy of "America." I actually don't like it as much as I wanted to ... I can't really put my finger on what I don't like, though. The pictures are lovely. Some of the pages are very nice. I just think it felt like she was reaching some of the time. I don't know. It's just not my favorite book. But it's signed and it was a gift, so I keep it around.
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Posted: June 10 2008 at 2:33am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Coming back late to the thread. I only had a minute when I first posted my enthusiastic yes. So a little more specific info.

My favorite is Our Fifty States. Interestingly my least favorite is the America one (which Philothea mentioned as not liking as well as she wanted to). It is the first one in the series, and I do think they have gotten better with each one. There are some that are a stretch in the America one - linking a letter of the alphabet and some are pretty abstract.

What I like about all of them is the great illustrations. I'm very visual. The pages are very busy - lots of info tucked in all over that goes beyond the main text and is clever in it's presentation. In America: A Patriotic Primer, itís the extra stuff I prefer to the text portion anyway. The A is for Abigail - famous American women one - is lovely. One could probably build a case that she occasionally stretches here to come up with something for a particular letter since it alternates between specific women's names and categories, but I thinkit works. For example she has "I is for Laura Ingalls" then includes other famous pioneers and patriots and "E is for Educators" then proceeds to share info about several prominent female educators in American history. There are so many women included in this volume - many famous, many obscure and I have learned so much here.

Our Fifty States is just a really fun book with lots of state details interwoven throughout the pages. Fun - little known facts about the states that are right on target. The kinds of things you know if you live there but might not be known by others.

These may seem like pretty secular history volumes but they include prominent Catholics, presented very positively. It's just a part of the text - it was something I was surprised to see I love that! Examples are Mother Cabrini in the A is For Abigail one. I don't have the Our Fifty States on hand but I know it includes Junipero Serra but I can't remember which other Catholic figures it includes off the top of my head but there were others.       
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Posted: June 10 2008 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

Mary,
Thanks for the detailed reviews! I am biting the bullet and ordering two of them. America: A Patriotic Primer I think we will get from the library...
We are slow-moving in starting our unit study but the kids have been reading a bit here and there...I just need to get my nauseated self off the sofa and get them engaged a bit more!

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Posted: June 16 2008 at 9:42pm | IP Logged Quote Tina P.

Here's another author/illustrator of American history to consider if you like Cheney's style: Cheryl Harness. Wade through the three pages and you'll see lots of great books about great people. The pictures and information can be busy, but that's how my kids seem to like it.

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Posted: June 17 2008 at 7:24am | IP Logged Quote jdostalik

These look very intriguing!

Thanks, Cheryl!

I hope my library has them!

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