Happy Birthday, America

Mary Pope Osborne; Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

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Bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne takes us through a lively celebration of the Fourth of July in small-town America. Three generations enjoy parades, popcorn, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and at the end of the day, lightning bugs and fireworks. “Then I blow out the stars, as if they were candles on a giant birthday cake”—a glorious image in Peter Catalanotto’s glowing illustrations.

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Praise for Happy Birthday, America

“This sparkling tribute to the Fourth of July depicts how a family of eight living in a small town celebrates this favorite holiday. . . . The day is made up of little things, while the celebration is about big ones—community, freedom, and pride. Catalanotto’s watercolor palette lends a candlelike glow to scenes as the expressive faces of kids and adults enjoy the occasion.”—Booklist

“A surprisingly emotional story. Catalanotto’s watercolors evoke summer.”—Kirkus Reviews
“. . . a nostalgic recollection of a small-town Fourth of July celebration. Food, fun, and family fill the day . . . an agreeable slice of life.”—School Library Journal

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About the Author

Mary Pope Osborne; Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the multimillion-copy bestselling Magic Tree House series, as well as the “stirring” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), patriotic New York’s Bravest. She lives in northwestern Connecticut.

Peter Catalanotto’s recent book for Roaring Brook Press, We Wanted You, written by Liz Rosenberg, was praised by Publishers Weekly for its “radiant paintings” and by School Library Journal for “glowing illustrations.” He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mary Pope Osborne
Peter Catalanotto


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Happy Birthday, America
Mary Pope Osborne; Illustrated by Peter Catalanotto

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
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April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312380502
ISBN10: 031238050X
Picture Book
8 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians

Lexile: -L
AR Quiz Number: 111557
AR Book Level: 5.7
AR Points: 10


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