With the Fourth of July next week, we have been spending some time discussing American symbols, including our flag. We read a fantastic picture book called Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag by Sarah Thomson. (This book is out of print but we found it at the library.) It tells the history of our flag from before the Revolutionary War through September 11, 2001.
I made the kids a Stars and Stripes snack out of
blueberries, raspberries and banana slices to enjoy while we read.
One of the reasons I liked this book was that it accurately portrays the origins of our flag and points out the fact that the story of Betsy Ross designing the American flag is just a myth. Many of the other books for kids that I looked at wrote about Betsy Ross as if it were a fact. We try to be historically accurate in what we are teaching the kids, and I was disappointed how few books had it right. (The Washington Post had an article last year on five flag myths if you want to read more.)