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Summertime fun, but not as patriotic as I was hoping
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2016
Now more than ever, I want my children to come to love and appreciate America as a special gift from God. I was excited to review this book, hoping it would teach them about patriotic symbols and what they tell us about America's greatness. The book wasn't quite what I expected. It's more about celebrating summer time, with a nod to traditional 4th of July celebrations thrown in while not actually naming the holiday. One page talks about going on a picnic, watching the clouds, and ants heading off with apple pie. Then it turns patriotic for a minute, speaking of raising the flag and thanking God for this land. But then we're back to digging in the garden and enjoying ice cream before watching a parade. From that point on the text focuses summer activities (swimming, stargazing,playing hide-and-seek) and praising God for our country, while the illustrations show more picnicking, playing with sparklers, and finally a fireworks show. Overall, it was was a cute book with colorful pencil illustrations of animal characters by Steve Whitlow, but I felt like it was lacking focus. This sturdy board book will probably end up on the shelf in my 2-year old's room rather than in with our other patriotic books. He'll appreciate the cute animal illustrations and it's a nice introduction to 4th of July celebrations.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.