ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Veteran's Day

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

Today in the USA we celebrate Veteran's Day.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank our Veterans for their incredible service to our country.  
Perhaps you are looking for an appropriate book to share with your children today.  Here are a few titles to choose from:
The Wall by Eve Bunting
H is for Honor: Devin Scillian
America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Chaney
America's White Table by Margot Raven
Granddad Bud by Sharon Ferry
Pepper's Purple Heart by Heather French Henry
Veterans Day: Remembering Our Wars by Elaine Landau
Veterans Day by Mariene Targ Brill
The Holiday Zone has an excellent list of books appropriate for upper elementary age students and teens.  There are also brief descriptions available on many of the books. 
For children who are a bit older, and perhaps mature enough to handle the content, there are many insightful quotes about Veteran's Day.  It would be beneficial to read them together and work together to explain the meanings found within.  Here is a brief sampling of some of the quotes I found:
Mark Twain: 
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Cynthia Ozick: 
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.
Bernard Malamud: 
Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don't know how far we can go.
Carol Lynn Pearson: 
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.


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