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I Pledge Allegiance

by Pat Mora
Illustrated by Patrice Barton

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥07-931818

Ages 5-9

Libby抯 great aunt, Lobo, is about to become a United States citizen. As Libby and her class learn the Pledge of Allegiance in school it抯 the perfect chance for her to practice so she knows it in time for her aunt抯 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: 揑 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抯 a tale that will resonate with many children and families.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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