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America the Beautiful

By Katharine Lee Bates (Trade Paperback, 2010)
From his unique perspective as the great, great grandnephew of "America the Beautiful" writer, Katharine Lee Bates, Chris Gall transforms this beloved patriotic song into monumental works of art--from purple mountain majesties to gleaming alabaster cities. Honoring his ancestry and national pride, Gall pairs the beautiful lyrics with striking illustrations of notable American images such as Pike's Peak, the Tuskgee Airmen, and firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $6.99 US/$8.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316083386

    • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback

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From his unique perspective as the great, great grandnephew of "America the Beautiful" writer, Katharine Lee Bates, Chris Gall transforms this beloved patriotic song into monumental works of art--from purple mountain majesties to gleaming alabaster cities. Honoring his ancestry and national pride, Gall pairs the beautiful lyrics with striking illustrations of notable American images such as Pike's Peak, the Tuskgee Airmen, and firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.

Katharine Lee Bates was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts on August 12, 1859. In the summer of 1893, she embarked on an extensive tour of America, from Niagara Falls, to the World's Fair in Chicago, and ultimately to Pike's Peak near Colorado Springs. It was from this vantage point that she was inspired to write the first drafts of America the Beautiful. First published on July 4, 1895 by The Congregationalist, the poem underwent 2 more revisions to become the version we know today.

Chris Galls's love for all things American, as well as his desire to honor his familial heritage gave him the inspiration to create America the Beautiful, his first book. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and his most recent, Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Praise for Chris Gall:

    America the Beautiful:
    - A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004

    * "Innovative...sophisticated...spirit-lifting." -- PW (starred review)

    - "This broadly idealistic art is infused with a spirit of inclusiveness." -- Kirkus


    Dinotrux:
    * "Combine dinosaurs and trucks and what do you get? In this case, a passel of grateful readers, especially those of the young male variety." -- PW (starred review)

    * "This title will be hard to keep on the shelves. ... a zany and riotous ride." -- SLJ (starred review)

    * "[Gall's] Dinotrux ruled their world, and now they're likely to rule this one too. Bellow on!" -- Kirkus (starred review) 

    Dear Fish:
    - "
    Kids will love scouring each striking, retro-flavored picture for fishy humor." -- Child

    - "This surreal romp [is] garnished with action verbs and visual jokes... [Gall] adds his own quirky humor to this inviting escapade." -- PW

    - "Readers who enjoy poring over pictures... with meaning on both the literal and figurative levels will find much to explore here. Gall's art will hook more than a few readers." -- SLJ

    - "This tongue-in-cheek outing will engage readers with a taste for the surreal." - Kirkus

    There's Nothing to Do on Mars:
    - "
    This book will be popular with young explorers who have dreamed of interstellar travel." - SLJ

    - "Dazzling illustrations.. witty details..." -- Kirkus

  • (Publishers Weekly).

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America the Beautiful
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $6.99 US/$8.99 CAN
  • Pages: 32
  • Physical Dimensions: 10" x 10"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316083386
  • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010
America the Beautiful