White, Becky. 2011. Betsy Ross. Illus Megan Lloyd. NY: Holiday House. ISBN: 9780823419081.
You open and read. Read, read. You grin. Grin, grin. Becky White's simple rhyming poem is an excellent book on a not-so-common story: the story of Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag. White captures the method of creating the flag with snip, snip and a rib, rib and straight to indigo dye drip, dripping. Those who are familiar with the American flag will soon enough know what Betsy is sewing toward the end of the book. Lloyd's quilted illustrations are wonderfully fitting. Using fabric and embroidery floss every image is handmade and matches the clean poem. End notes from the author and illustrator are found in the back with the instructions on how to cut a star from fabric the way Betsy Ross would have done. A title to include in any collection, but especially for a Fourth of July collection that needs a boost in great story books for young readers. All in all, a perfect book.
- Provide scraps of fabric and have the children try making their own Betsy Ross star.
- For older children, have them sew their own flag out of scraps of fabric by hand.
- For a poetry break, read this book!