The Star-Spangled Banner

Key, Francis Scott


Barcode: 9780824918385

Release date: 05/01/2010

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The words to the national anthem are presented in book form accompanied by a sound chip that plays the melody when the book is opened.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Here are the words to the national anthem paired with colourful illustrations depicting the defense of Fort McHenry against the British during the War of 1812. It was from his vantage point at sea that Francis Scott Key witnessed and memorialized the event in song. 'The Star-Spangled Banner' was designated the national anthem by Congress in 1931. Ages 3-6.

About the Author
On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key peered through clearing smoke to see an enormous American flag flying proudly after a 25-hour British bombardment of Baltimore's Fort McHenry. Key was inspired to write a poem, which was later set to music and became our national anthem.

Nancy Munger uses coloured pencils and watercolours to create her bright and engaging illustrations. She has illustrated over 40 children's books, and she is a recipient of the CBA Gold Medallion Book Award.


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