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Star Spangled: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem
The little-known and inspiring story behind the national anthem and the stars and stripes
“O say can you see” begins one of the most recognizable songs in the US. Originally a poem by Francis Scott Key, the national anthem tells the story of the American flag rising high above a fort after a night of intense battle during the War of 1812. But there is much more to the story than what is sung at ball games. What was this battle about? Whose bombs were bursting, and why were rockets glaring? Who sewed those broad stripes and bright stars? Why were free black soldiers fighting on both sides? Who was Francis Scott Key anyway, and how did he end up with such a close view? Star-Spangled tells the whole story from the perspectives of different real players—both American and British—of this obscure but important battle from American history.
Soar through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation.
-o- 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students
A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History [University of Nebraska Press, 2014]
An eclectic collection of stories from Tim’s work as a public historian at America’s most popular history museums, including three Smithsonian museums and Colonial Williamsburg. Join Tim on the Lewis and Clark trail out west and on the launch pad of Kennedy Space Center. Part insider perspective, memoir, and scholarship, the book demonstrates the joy of pursuing the past and poses some challenging questions.
First Flight Around the World [Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015]
Follow the adventures of the first people to fly around the world. The 1924 U.S. Army flight became a race for national honor when five other nations challenged the United States. This is a tale filled with non-stop action, including crashes into mountains, mechanical failures over oceans, strandings and rescues, and colorful cultures. Based on primary source materials from the National Air and Space Museum archives. For ages 10-14.
nn.silver medal Eureka Award winner, California Reading Association
-o- Best Children’s Books of 2015 Air and Space Magazine
-o- Notable Children’s Books of 2016 Association for Library Service to Children
The Museum Educator’s Manual [Rowman and Littlefield, 2nd edition, August 2017]
A book for museum professionals about museum practice. This practical reference book offers a wealth of tips from experienced museum pros.
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