With simple text and beautifully created fabric illustrations, very young readers will learn how Old Glory came to be.
Inch by inch, bit by bit, Betsy Ross clips, dips, and stitches the first American flag, which was based on a sketch Betsy's friend George Washington gave her in 1776. The flag had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, which Betsy showed George how to make with a single clip of her scissors. The book includes an activity that shows children how to make their own Betsy Ross star.
“According to legend, seamstress Betsy Ross was the maker of the first American flag. George Washington made a pencil sketch for the flag in 1776. It had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, each star having six points. However, Betsy Ross thought that five-pointed stars would look nicer. When George Washington said that this type was too difficult to cut, Betsy Ross showed him how to cut a five-pointed star with a single clip of her scissors.”
“The illustrations in Betsy Ross were created with a combination of cotton fabric, embroidery thread, fabric dyes, fabric paint, and linoleum block printing. Most of the pictures were made by hand-stitching cotton fabric shapes onto a cotton background. This is known as appliqué work. Small details were stitched with embroidery thread. I created some of the fabrics by hand-dying white cotton. The stars in the night sky and on the flag were created by cutting a star shape into a small linoleum block, then using that block as a stamp. . . .
“I wanted to fully capture Betsy’s activities, to do in my illustrations what Betsy was doing in the story. I ripped, I dipped, I stitched. And I had a wonderful time doing so!”
—The Author’s and Illustrator’s Notes are from Betsy Ross by Becky White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd. Text copyright © 2011 by Becky White.
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