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Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
ISBN: 9780375867255
Author: Kulling, Monica/ Walz, Richard (ILT)
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Published: January 2012
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A historical tale for newly independent readers describes the man and the story behind the creation of America's national anthem, profiling Francis Scott Key as a busy and respected political advisor who was inspired to write his famous poem after witnessing the Battle of Fort McHenry. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
Library of Congress Subjects:
Baltimore, Battle of, Baltimore, Md., 1814; Juvenile literature.
Flags; United States; History; 19th century; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 973.5/2
LCCN: 2011027443
Lexile Measure: 440
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Step Into Reading. Step 3
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Leveled Readers, History, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): NICA KULLING has published many books for children including picture books, poetry, and biographies including a number of Step into Reading titles.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Kulling relates the events that led to Francis Scott Key's writing the national anthem. Concise, easy-to-read sentences that won't overwhelm new readers provide much information about Key's life and the events before and during the War of 1812. The inconsistently cartoony illustrations are an odd match for the straightforward historical account. An appended note offers additional details about the famous flag.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 April)

Gr 1–3—This easy reader is a great introduction to the story behind one of our nation's best-known songs. Beginning with a bit of biographical information on the poet lawyer, Kulling explains issues and events of the War of 1812 and British and America tension, and concludes with the battle that inspired our national anthem. The language is concise, the story is easy to follow, and the appealing illustrations are full of period details. The appendix includes a photograph of and information about the original flag from Fort McHenry housed in the Smithsonian. A good choice for budding history fans.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA

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