America The Beautiful Together We Stand is a beautiful picture book illustrating Katharine Lee Bate’s famous song.
Each line of the song is illustrated by a different artist and also includes a presidential quote.
My favorite quote is the one from Ronald Reagan “Our most precious resources, our greatest hope for the future, are the minds and hearts of our people, especially our children.” This quote is paired with the line “. . . for purple mountain majesties. . .” and is illustrated by Raul Colon.
My favorite illustration in the book is the one by Sonia Lynn Sadler. It is paired with a quote by Abraham Lincoln and the song verse ” . . . above the fruited plain. . .”
Included at the end of the book is information on our national landmarks and symbols, the words to “America The Beautiful”, and a bit of biographical information on Katharine Lee Bates.
The illustrations are beautiful! I would love to have them all framed on my walls. I do a lesson with my third grade students on the Caldecott Award. I’m not sure this book would be considered for the award because it has multiple illustrators, but I do plan to use it not only with my Caldecott lessons but lessons on citizenship as well. It is a good resource for a quick lesson on national symbols, too. I will certainly be adding this to the school library collection.