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Hartland, Jessie

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner

(2) K-3 During the War of 1812, Baltimore business owner Mary Pickersgill and her seamstresses were commissioned to create a huge, thirty-by-forty-two-foot flag. The flag survived a crucial British attack in 1814, which poet Francis Scott Key immortalized in verse. Hartland's straightforward account clearly explains important facts and asks questions that engage readers. Her folksy gouache illustrations playfully reflect our then-new nation and incorporate speech-balloon dialogue. Reading list, timeline. Bib.


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