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... read more

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)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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