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Back with a bang (UPDATED)

(Note: This post will remain at the top of the page until the end of the give-away. Scroll down for newer posts.)

Or a give away.  The blog injuries have been healed, and although I’m still crazy busy, I need to write.  And if I’m going to write, why shouldn’t I inflict it on the world? No reason at all, that’s why!

Anyway, to get the ball rolling and hopefully entice old readers back and maybe a few new readers to boot, I’m starting off with a review and a give away.

*Disclaimer.  I know and like the author of this book. She’s a friend, and if I could kidnap her and make her come live in Texas, I would.  I did attempt to give as honest review as possible, but it’s possible that my love for Amelia has colored my judgment.  However, is it surprising that a wonderful person wrote a wonderful book? No, it is not.

One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots by Amelia Hamilton is a must have for every young child’s library.   With sweet illustrations and well-written verse, Amelia covers the “bones” of our nation’s history and government (from the presidents on Mt. Rushmore, to our first naval vessels and the pipes and drums of the Revolutionary War.) .

Although marketed as a counting book, it’s only a counting book in the loosest sense of the term.  The numbers are a vehicle for the history, not the other way around. (For reference, I’m thinking of Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever as a traditional counting book.  It’s also interminable.  By 60 I’m ready to turn the kid’s parent’s in for letting him roam unsupervised just to stop the dang counting!)

"I have a bone to pick with you, Miss Amelia. The book says 'three' but the page number is 5! What kind of counting book is this?"

The illustrations have a sweet, classic feel, but they’re fun, too.  For example, the four presidents of Mt. Rushmore are all looking up at the “thought bubbles” illustrating their presidencies, and the Supreme Court Chief Justice tug-of-war is perfection.
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I love having the girls read this book to the boys, because though it’s aimed at younger kids, the girls get a great refresher on the basics of American History and Government.  In fact, adults might just learn a few things they didn’t know. I know I did.

Whether you’re studying American History or just want to give your child the best books around, I highly recommend One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots. And for one lucky reader, you can win an autographed copy for your own little patriot!  Just leave a comment to enter.

And while you’re waiting to see if you won, you can buy copies for friends, family, and local libraries here.

(The drawing will be held May 15.  You can get added entries by tweeting or sharing via facebook.  Just be sure to leave a comment on the blog for each method of entry.)

UPDATE: You must leave a comment for each method of entry to receive extra entries.   For example, if you share it on facebook and twitter, you should leave 3 comments.  I can’t seem to figure out who used the Share This app at the bottom. Also, your on the honor system. Don’t be a weasley liar.


We have a winner: Corrine!  I’ll get your book in the mail as soon as I get your address.  Everybody else, buy your copy here or at Amazon or, ya know, where ever you see it for sale.

16 responses to “Back with a bang (UPDATED)”

  1. John Cox Avatar
    John Cox

    I would love to win the book for my kids. Thanks

  2. Marie Bernadette (@MbernadetteE) Avatar
    Marie Bernadette (@MbernadetteE)

    The best part is that you’re back to blogging! yaaaaaay. I’m glad all the techno-whats-its were worked out.

    In other stories, I would love to win a copy of Amelia’s book. The 3.5 year old nephew could definitely use a gift from his rockin’ aunt. 😉

  3. Robin Byus Avatar

    I would love to have this book for Emily.

  4. Sheila Antonio Avatar
    Sheila Antonio

    Would love to have one for the grandsons. Glad you are blogging again.

  5. Chris Barnhart Avatar

    Killer history for kids and for free? There is nothing better. Oh, wait. Yes there is. You’re sponsoring it and Amelia wrote it.

  6. Amy A. Avatar
    Amy A.

    This would be a great addition to the homeschool curriculum I use for my kids.

  7. Marie Bernadette (@MbernadetteE) Avatar
    Marie Bernadette (@MbernadetteE)

    Okay, here’s the comment in which I note that I tweeted about your return to blogging, quite happily, might I add. See the evidence! –> https://twitter.com/#!/MbernadetteE/status/196289322700382208

    (Seriously though. I like when it’s an oddly blogged kind of day.)

  8. Jacob S. Avatar
    Jacob S.

    I would like to be able to read this to my kids.

  9. Dave Avatar

    Excellent book. I’ve RTed your contest.

  10. Corrine Avatar

    I’d love to have it! Tweeted.

  11. Alisha Avatar

    Me! Me! Pick Me! 😛

  12. Julie Burns Avatar

    What a great concept for a book for children. Love the title and would love to win a copy of it to share it with the children we have in our lives.

  13. Julie Burns Avatar

    reposted on our fb page (and son’s public fb page at http://www.facebook.com/tjelevatorfan 🙂

  14. Clay Wisner Avatar
    Clay Wisner

    Looks like a fine addition to any family library. I’ll probably grab a copy or 3 for some nephews & great-nephews.

  15. Bryan Tupper Avatar
    Bryan Tupper

    Yeah, I guess I’ll enter. I’d like to win a copy of this book! It would be awesome!

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