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The Impossible Patriotism Project

Caleb's class is making projects that represent patriotism to display at Parents? Night. But Caleb can't think of a way to show what patriotism means to him. Besides, his dad can't come because he is away, serving as a soldier. Then when Caleb really starts thinking about what his dad is doing for the country, inspiration finally strikes!
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Linda Skeers lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ard Hoyt lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.


Gr 1-3-The students in Caleb's class have an assignment to create individual projects to celebrate their ideas of patriotism for Presidents' Day, and the boy is stumped. He is discouraged not only because his father is not around to help him, but also because he will not be attending Parents' Night, when the projects will be displayed. Caleb's dad is in the military. When the child thinks about what patriotism means to him, he remembers that his father taught him to love his country and is inspired to make the most impressive display of all-a poster of his dad in uniform, the personification of patriotism. The final page shows Caleb on his bed writing to his father, and the smiling man sitting in a tent looking at his son's picture. Hoyt's color cartoon illustrations are humorous and filled with scenes of an active classroom, with details that include Presidents Washington and Lincoln side by side, saluting. This story is sure to be welcomed by proud families and friends of soldiers who are engaged in battle. The gentle depiction of a boy who turns his sadness and loneliness into a way to respect and honor his father is heartwarming.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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