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A Flag For Our Country
A Flag For Our Country
(Eve Spencer, Alex Haley, Michael Eagle)

A Flag For Our CountryA Flag For Our Country (October 1992)
A Flag For Our Country is about how the first flag of the United States of America was made and the influence that General George Washington and Betsy Ross had on it. Betsy Ross owned a small shop in Philadelphia for making clothes, which she ran by herself after her husband had died in the war. One day General Washington came to her store and asked her for a favor; he wanted Betsy Ross to make a new flag to represent the United States of America and it's freedom.
General Washington showed her the design and they worked together to design the new flag. The story continues with Betsy Ross cutting out the stars and then sewing the flag.
Eve Spencer is a published author of several children's books. Some of her published credits include A Flag For Our Country (Stories of America), Three Ships For Columbus (Stories of America) and Animal Babies 1,2,3.
Michael Eagle is a published author and an illustrator of several children's books. Some of his published credits include A Flag For Our Country (Stories of America), Coronado's Golden Quest (Stories of America) and Gold Fever.
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction note:
A Note From Alex Haley, General Editor
Even simple stories have many messages. A Flag For Our Country is a story about a young woman's love for her country. It is about living in troubled times. And it is about how stories become part of history. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
A Flag For Our Country • Reviews
"A Flag For Our Country is a picture book filled with information about the history of the American flag." - Gainesville, Florida.
"A Flag For Our Country offers a great way to introduce students to a variety of topics relating to our history. These include Betsy Ross, the first flag of our nation, how the flag has changed over time, an introduction of General George Washington (before he became president) and details about Flag Day." - Richmond, Virginia.
"Legend or fact, no one really knows. But the story survives of young Betsy Ross, a war widow, who is startled when General George Washington visits her sewing shop with a special request. He wants her to make our nation's first flag." - Cambium Learning.
"A Flag For Our Country is the traditional story of how a Philadelphia seamstress helped design and make the first flag to represent the United States." - California Online Resources For Education.
"A Flag For Our Country is an easy-to-read account of Betsy Ross, a young war widow, and how she came to design the first flag of the United States. Written in an informal, accessible style, the narrative will make young students relate more closely to this important period in history. Colorful, detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings frame the text on each double-page spread. The period detail in the illustrations adds to the charm of the presentation." - School Library Journal.

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