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I Pledge Allegiance
Libby’s great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school—at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together—asking questions and sharing stories and memories—until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
Read a short interview with Pat and Libby about writing I Pledge Allegiance on the Random House blog.
Patrice Barton’s illustrations from the book have been chosen for Original Art, the Society of Illustrators’ annual juried exhibition celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration.
Read a thoughtful opinion essay inspired by I Pledge Allegiance in The Monitor (Texas).
"On Friday, Mom and I will go with…great-aunt [Lobo] to a special place…[where] she will say the Pledge of Allegiance and…become a citizen of the United States,” exclaims Libby, the young narrator of this family story. Libby vows to practice saying the pledge with Lobo in the week leading up to the ceremony, providing an easy opportunity for the authors to integrate both lines of the pledge and discussions of its meaning into the text."—Booklist
"This book succeeds in not only explaining the Pledge of Allegiance but also the reasons that [Libby’s] great-aunt chose to immigrate to the U. S. This is an essential purchase."—School Library Journal
"An intergenerational ode to a positive United States immigration experience. Libby is proud of her great-aunt Lobo (which means “wolf” in Spanish), who has just passed the United States citizenship test. On Thursday, Libby will lead her class in saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and on Friday, Lobo will recite the pledge to officially become a U.S. citizen…Intertextual historical facts make this book a shoo-in for social-studies units on the United States. "—Kirkus Reviews
"Drawing from family history, Mora and her daughter Martinez tell the story of a girl named Libby, whose 80-year-old Mexican-born great-aunt, Lobo, becomes a U.S. citizen. Libby proudly announces to her class that Lobo passed her citizenship test and will soon recite the Pledge of Allegiance at her swearing-in ceremony…Libby and Lobo practice the pledge together…Barton’s art easily conveys Libby and Lobo’s loving rapport."—Publishers Weekly
"Inspired by their own aunt’s immigration story (described in a note at the back), authors Mora and Martinez
"A red, white and blue must-read."—emissourian.com