for I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora, Libby Martinez, and Patrice Barton
Libby’s great aunt, Lobo, is about to become a United States citizen. As Libby and her class learn the Pledge of Allegiance in school it’s the perfect chance for her to practice so she knows it in time for her aunt’s citizenship ceremony at the end of the week. At home in the evening, Libby and Lobo practice together, and Lobo talks about why she wants to become a citizen: “I am proud to be from Mexico and to speak Spanish and English … But a long time ago, when I was a young girl, my father wanted a safer place for us to grow up, and we came to the United States. The American flag — red, white, and blue — wrapped itself around me to protect me.” Sisters Pat Mora and Libby Martinez based this story on their aunt, but it’s a tale that will resonate with many children and families. (Ages 5–9)
CCBC Choices 2015. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015. Used with permission.
Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school-at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together-asking questions and sharing stories and memories-until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
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