My Country, Tis of Thee

My Country, Tis of Thee More Than Any Other, One Song Traces America S History Of Patriotism And Protest Everyone Knows The Words To My Country, Tis Of Thee What Most Don T Realize Is That This Iconic Song Has Been A Beacon Of Change For Hundreds Of Years Generations Of Protesters And Civil Rights Pioneers Have Created New Lyrics, Beginning In Royalist Britain And Continuing Through Conflicts In Colonial Times, The American Revolution, The Suffragist And Labor Movements, And The Struggles For Black And Native American Civil Rights With Spectacular Illustrations By Caldecott Honor Winning Artist Bryan Collier, My Country, Tis Of Thee Offers A Fascinating Insight Into The American Fight For Freedom

Claire Rudolf Murphy has loved history since she was a young girl in fact she majored in it at Santa Clara University Murphy is the author of fourteen books for children A former middle and high school teacher, she is a member of the faculty of Hamline University s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults She lives in Washington.

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  • Hardcover
  • 48 pages
  • My Country, Tis of Thee
  • Claire Rudolf Murphy
  • 02 May 2017
  • 9780805082265

10 thoughts on “My Country, Tis of Thee

  1. says:

    This fascinating historical study of the well known patriotic song My Country, Tis of Thee provides information on its background and how protesters through the ages revised its verses Doing so allowed them to make the song their own and allowed their voices and causes to be heard The author traces the song s journey from its beginnings in England as God Save the King all the way through its use during fights for suffrage for women and civil rights for African Americans The text and luminous collage illustrations make it clear that each step of the way during this nation s growth, often the words to the song were not lived up to but still served as inspiration for some The final illustration features Aretha Franklin belting out the song at Barack Obama s presidential inauguration, and the text encourages readers to craft their own verses for one of their own causes Inspiring stuff, this picture book shows once again the power of word and song to move others and to encourage change.

  2. says:

    It doesn t matter how long you ve worked as a children s librarian It doesn t matter how many books for kids you ve read or how much of your life is dedicated to bringing them to the reading public What I love so much about my profession is the fact that I can always be surprised Take My Country, Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy as a prime example I admit that when I glanced at the cover I wasn t exactly enthralled After all, this isn t exactly the first book to give background information on a patriotic song or poem We ve seen a slate of books talking about We Shall Overcome over the years one by Debby Levy and one by Stuart Stotts as well as books on the Pledge of Allegiance or The New Colossus So when I read the title of this book I admit suppressing a bit of an inward groan Another one Haven t we seen enough of these Well, no Turns out we haven t seen enough of them Or, to be precise, we haven t seen enough good ones What Murphy manages to do here is tie in a seemingly familiar song to not just the history of America but to the embodiment of Civil Rights in this country itself So expertly woven together it ll make your eyes spin, Murphy brings us a meticulously researched, brilliant work of nonfiction elegance Want to know how to write a picture book work of factual fascinating information for kids Behold the blueprint right before your eyes.The press for this book says, More than any other, one song traces America s history of patriotism and protest More than you ever knew Originally penned in 1740 as God Save the King , the tune was sung by supporters of King George II It soon proved, however, to be an infinitely flexible kind of song Bonnie Prince Charlie s followers sang it in Scotland to new verses and it traveled to America during the French and Indian War There the colonists began to use it in different ways The preacher George Whitefield rewrote it to celebrate equality amongst all, the revolutionary colonists to fight the power, the loyalists to celebrate their king, and even a woman in 1795 published a protest verse for women using the song In each instance of the song s use, author Claire Rudolf Murphy shows the context of that use and then writes out some of the new verses Before our eyes it s adapted to the Northern and Southern causes during The Civil War It aids labor activists fighting for better pay Women, Native Americans, and African Americans adopt it, each to their own cause until, ultimately, we end with Barack Obama as president Backmatter includes copious Source Notes documenting each instance of the song, as well as a Bibliography and Further Resources that are split between If You Want to Learn More and Musical Links There is also sheet music for the song and the lyrics of the four stanzas as we know them today.There s always a bit of a thrill in being an adult reading information about history for the first time in a work for kids I confess readily that I learned a TON from this book But beyond that, it was the scope of the book that really captured my heart That it equates patriotism with protest in the same breath is a wonderful move in and of itself However, part of what I like so much about the book is that it is clear that our work is nowhere close to done Here is how the book ends Now it s your turn Write a new verse for a cause you believe in Help freedom ring Right there Murphy is making it clear that for all that the Obama s inauguration makes for a brilliant capper to her story, it s not the END of the story People are still fighting for their rights There are still causes out there worth protesting Smart teachers, I hope, will brainstorm with their students the problems still facing equal opportunities in America today and will use this book to give kids a chance to voice their own opinions There s a trend in nonfiction for kids right now that you ll usually find in science picture books When it comes to selling books to children, it can be awfully frustrating for an author to have limit their work to a very precise age range or reading level since, inevitably, your readership ages out of your book fairly quickly The solution Two types of text in the same book The author will write a simple sentence on a page and then pair that with a dense paragraph of facts on the other The advantage of this is that now the book reads aloud well to younger ages while still carrying information for the older kids Or, put another way, children studying a subject can now get information out of a single book if they re interested and can disregard that same information if they re not I mention this because the layout of this book looks at first like that s what Murphy was going for You ll have the factual information, followed by the new verses of the song Then, at the end, in larger type will be a simple sentence Yet as I read the book it became clear that what Murphy s actually doing is using the large type sentences to draw connections from one page to another For example, on the page about women marching for the right to vote, the section ends with the large type sentence, But the privilege to vote didn t extend to Native Americans, male or female a fact that, I am ashamed to say, I did not know Turn the page and now we re reading about the Native American struggles for Civil Rights and after reading the factual information the bolded sentence reads, Equality did not exist for everyone in America Turn the page and there s Marion Anderson And it is at this point that Murphy draws her most brilliant connections between the pages Marion Anderson leads to Martin Luther King listening to her Lincoln Memorial performance on the radio when he is ten, then we turn the page to King proclaiming My country, tis of thee in his I have a dream speech, which then naturally ties into Aretha Franklin singing the song at the inauguration of Barack Obama Amazing.Now I ve a funny relationship to the art of Bryan Collier Sometimes I feel like he gives a book his all and comes out swinging as a result If you ve ever seen his work on Uptown or Knock Knock or Martin s Big Words or Dave the Potter then you know what he s capable of By the same token, for every Uptown there s a Lincoln and Douglass where it just doesn t have that good old fashioned Collier magic I worried that maybe My Country, Tis of Thee would fall into that category, particularly after seeing the anemic George Washington awkwardly placed on the book s cover As it turns out, that s probably the weakest image in the book Go into it and you ll see that Collier is in fine fettle for the most part For example, in a section discussing how both the North and the South adopted this song and sang their own verses to it, Collier brilliantly overlays a soldier s tent against a plantation background Inside the tent are shots of the battle raging, letters from the soldiers spilling out over the sides like a fabric of their own Turn the page and now the fields are bare, the Emancipation Proclamation having been declared, and the papers you see floating across the earth and into the sky all begin with A Proclamation This is the kind of attention to detail that gets completely ignored in a work of nonfiction, even when the artist has taken a great deal of care and attention It took me about five or six reads before I would notice the photographs of kids interspersed with the drawn people And sure there s the occasional misstep the tea dumped by the Bostonians looks a bit like the wings of birds than something you d like to consume, and while Collier nails Aretha Franklin better than anyone I ve ever seen he just can NOT get George Washington quite right on the whole the book hangs together as well as it does because Collier knows what he s doing.I can already tell you that this book will not get the attention it deserves And what it deserves is a place in every single classroom, library, and bookstore shelf in the nation Yet this isn t a work of children s nonfiction that slots neatly into a pre made hole There s nothing else really like this book out there That it works as a brilliant piece of nonfiction as well as a smart as all get out piece of history and classroom ideas for teachers is clear What it has to say about our country and our people and how they ve fought for their rights should not, under any circumstances, be missed It s hard to write patriotic American fare for kids that doesn t just sound like boosterism This book manages to pull it off and you feel pretty good after it does Do not miss it Don t.For ages 7 12.

  3. says:

    Really enjoyed the history and various versions of the song I found the 1795 version still appropriate today God save each Female s right,Show to her ravished sightWoman is Free Let Freedom s voice prevail,And draw aside the veil,Supreme Effulgence hail,Sweet Liberty Again in 1920 Our country, now from theeClaim we our liberty,In freedom s name.Guarding home s altar fires,Daughters of patriot sires,Their zeal our own inspires,Justice to claim Also an older labor song seems apt My country, tis of thee,Once land of liberty,Of thee I sing.Land of the Millionaire Farmers with pockets bare Caused by the cursed snare The Money Ring Wonderful ending with Marian Anderson s version sung on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Followed by Martin Luther King s version from the March on Washington and finally Aretha Franklin s version at Obama s inauguration.

  4. says:

    History of the song, beginning with its roots as God Save the Queen Traces new verses of the song written to advocate for various movements in history such as women s suffrage and the Civil Rights movement End notes in book are a fascinating read of where various new verses were published.

  5. says:

    Informative, enlightening and fascinating with exceptional illustrations by Bryan Collier.

  6. says:

    To be honest the art was a slapdash mix of watercolor and collage and photography, and it was not well done in my opinion But the message, is important, and is well written.

  7. says:

    Another of the books I retrieved from our local library s semi annual book sale as I needed children s books for my Little Free Library This is one I chose to read before putting it in the library as it looked so good And it was If you have young children, 5 and up, this is a great book for them We still have a way to go to be sure everyone in the United States who is eligible to vote is able to vote w o having to deal with issues that try to take the vote away from them which in this country should be a criminal offense

  8. says:

    This is a beautiful book that explains and shares the many incarnations of the tune My Country Tis of Thee It takes it from England to the American Colonies to many of our social change movements.

  9. says:

    This book follows the history of the song America and how the lyrics evolved over the years to reflect the political exigencies of the day Because it is such a well known tune, and because it is such an iconic statement of about the ideals of America, generations of protestors have changed the words as part of their struggles for rights.The author explains that the song first appeared in England in the 1740s as God Save the King She then takes the song across the Atlantic where the colonists sang it, altering the words when they declared independence In 1831, Samuel Francis Smith published the version we sing today that begins with My country, tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing But women, blacks, Native Americans, and labor activists later issued adaptations of the song to reflect their lack of liberty.In each instance, the author explains the context and supplies some of the new verses.She continues her journey through American history, culminating with the stirring speech of Martin Luther King, Jr in 1963 when he spoke of his dream of transforming the nation into one of brotherhood, declaring And this will be the day this will be the day when all of God s children will be able to sing with new meaning My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing She concludes by noting that forty five years after Martin Luther King, Jr s plea, the first person of color was elected to be President of the United States, and Aretha Franklin sang America at the inauguration But she doesn t suggest the struggle for equal rights has ended She writes Now it s your turn Write a new verse for a cause you believe in Help freedom ring At the end of the book, the author provides source notes, a bibliography, links to further resources, and sheet music for the song as we know it today.Multiple award winning illustrator Bryan Collier uses dramatic two page mixtures of watercolors and collage As always, he doesn t just illustrate the text his imagery adds his own commentary, enhancing the text with additional meaning.Evaluation This is an excellent way to teach children American history from a unique perspective, in two senses one is that it provides an encapsulation of American history from the viewpoint of minorities, and two, it uses a clever and interesting approach with its focus on the changing lyrics of one song.

  10. says:

    My Country Tis of Thee How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy Illustrated by Bryan CollierCELEBRATION SONGS Singing civil rights Pioneers and protesters Verse after new verse.Nitty Gritty Who This is a book for readers, learners, and singers, ages 5 and up.The main character of the book is a well known song My Country, Tis of Thee representing the history of civil rights as seen through sets of shifting verses What This is a nonfiction historical instructional picture book, narrated in third person with a tilt towards second person at the very end.The events of the book unfold chronologically in a succession of quoted verses and careful explanations, covering historic decisions, struggles and battles, protests and persistence, activism and patriotism Where More than just a bedtime story, this is a tale to be shared in classrooms, family rooms, libraries and .The setting of this historical tale moves from Britain to America When This book might be read any day at any time, as an adult, as a teen, as a tween, as or to a child.The events of this book span a time period of over two centuries, dating back to the 1740s and moving through today Why Readers will choose this book for many reasons perhaps to learn about American history, or about civil rights, or about the power of music, or about social change.Why does this song carry so much weight The reasons can be seen in the lyrics of the shifting verses chronicling social change How Readers are changed as they learn about the growth of civil rights as seen through the shifting lyrics of a well known tune.The song of the title is changed as the lyrics are continuously revised to advance and reflect social and political change.The story ends on a note of hope and in invitation to the reader to contribute to the ongoing growth and promotion of civil rights by penning a new verse of their very own.

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