The Bald Eagle's View of American History   -     By: C.H. Colman
    Illustrated By: Joanne Friar
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The Bald Eagle's View of American History

Illustrated By: Joanne Friar
Charlesbridge Publishing / 2006 / Paperback

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What began as a stamp collection blossomed into this unique book that takes a look at American history through the eyes of the Bald Eagle. Each chapter begins with a postage stamp, the text explaining different aspects of both ours and the eagle's history. Charming watercolor illustrations and graceful prose make this book an exceptional glimpse into the cross-section between historical events and their memorials upon our letters. 48 pages, indexed, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.75 (inches)
ISBN: 1580893015
ISBN-13: 9781580893015
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Ages: 9-12

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The bald eagle has been a silent witness to American history for thousands of years. Eagles watched the arrival of the first humans, the beginnings of a democracy, expansion of the nation from coast to coast, and engagement in civil and foreign wars. As the national emblem and a symbol of peace and freedom, the eagle's own struggle against extinction counterpoints the story of this country's growth and development through the centuries.
Author C.H. Colman interlaces the bald eagle's struggle against extinction with the history of our nation through the centuries.

Author Bio

A former business executive, Cincinnati resident Charlie Colman left the corporate world to write full-time for children. His favorite topic to write about is history. C. H. Coleman lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family.

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Author: C.H.Colman
Located in: Cincinnati, Ohio
Submitted: June 27, 2006

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I have collected stamps since the age of five. I love imagining the events detailed in those tiny pictures. I am a former executive, business author, and guest lecturer who left that career to write full time for children

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to write a book that would give kids in grades 3-5 (as well as ESL students) a good idea of the sweep of our history, with the added story of eagle ecology and philately. The toughest part was keeping it simple: deciding which portions of my extensive notes NOT to include.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My fondest wish would be that children take away three things from THE BALD EAGLE'S VIEW OF AMERICAN HISTORY: First, a perspective of US history: the grand sweep. Second, an idea of how humans impact a species: an ecological staory. We are capable of either destroying or saving other creatures. The symbiotic relationship between Native Americans and the Bald Eagle changed to one where settlers shot the bird that they thought stole chickens. The ultimate threat to the bald eagle was DDT, and then came the realization that "we must save our National Emblem." Third, I hope some of my readers will start their own stamp collections and embark on one of life's best journeys.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  In writing THE BALD EAGLE'S VIEW OF AMERICAN HISTORY, I wanted to use commemorative postage stamps to help organize the material and show how the postal service creates a visual history of America. I chose our bald eagle as the perspective from which to write this book because our National Emblem has been around since humans first crossed the Bering Land Bridge, and the big bird features on many of our postage stamps. My book includes a Timeline, Author's Notes, and Index. The internet sources referenced in my book are clickable on my website at chcolman.com I hope this will help children further explore chapters that interest them.

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