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America The Beautiful

America The Beautiful:
1 Hardcover/1 CD (see all formats)

Author: Katherine Lee Bates   Illustrator: Wendell Minor   Narrator: Wendell Minor   Sung by: Sloan Wainwright & Choir
ISBN: 9781591129561
Length:  13 Min 20 Sec
Release Date: 1/30/2005
Reading Level: 2.9
Grades: K – 4

America The Beautiful 1 HC/1 CD
ISBN: 9781591129561
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America The Beautiful CD
ISBN: 9781595190123
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"A lovely orchestration of the song, which is sure to give listeners goose bumps, follows the narration."-School Library Journal


  Booklist Editors' Choice (Audio For Youth)  


Review by: AudioFile Magazine - June 1, 2005
"Inspired by the beloved song "American the Beautiful," Minor's book encourages children to treasure our nation's natural beauty and to create their own images to accompany the song. Minor begins by reading the original poem and sharing information about its author, Katherine Lee Bates. He also introduces Samuel Ward, who created the melody for the song. As narrator, Minor is firm and forthright. He modulates his voice to reflect the pace of the music yet always leaves time for contemplation. Background music is stately and builds toward a choral rendition at the end. Minor's watercolors are majestic, and the accompanying notes are edifying."
Review by: School Library Journal - April 5, 2005
"Wendell Minor's gorgeously illustrated tribute to America is further enhanced by his calm reading. The narration begins with an introduction to the history of "America the Beautiful," a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates over 100 years ago. Later set to music composed by Samuel A Ward, Bates's words have become America's unofficial anthem. Minor's illustrations are the images brought to his mind by Bates's timeless words. The poem's narration is slow enough to allow listeners to absorb the book's illustrations. It is also accompanied by soft music and gentle sound effects correspond to the illustrations. A lovely orchestration of the song, which is sure to give listeners goose bumps, follows the narration."

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