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Lynne Cheney

Author of America : A Patriotic Primer

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About the Author

Lynne Cheney was born on August 14, 1941 in Casper, Wyoming. She received a B.A. with honors from Colorado College, a M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin. She was the editor of Washingtonian Magazine from show more 1983 to 1986. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, she wrote and spoke about the importance of knowing American history and she worked to provide opportunities for teachers to gain the knowledge that leads to inspired instruction. She has written several books including We the People: The Story of Our Constitution and James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Lynne Cheney, Lynne V. Cheney

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Works by Lynne Cheney

America : A Patriotic Primer (2002) 1,023 copies
A Time for Freedom (2005) 158 copies
The Body Politic (1988) 27 copies
Sisters (1981) — Author — 13 copies

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2023 - In search of good homeschool books for my grandies.

Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by Lynne Cheney (2006 1st ed.) 74 pages. Given to Hodge boys for homeschooling.

Two kids are on vacation with their parents. And as they travel around the U.S., they periodically write little notes to their grandparents of all the things they are doing.

This adventure begins in Massachusetts where the pilgrims landed and meanders up and down all across the U.S., through each state, finally to Alaska and ending at Hawaii.

A United States map is included with a Start and End line so you can keep track and children can learn where the states are located.

The Table of Contents list each state by order travelled in the book. This book is oversized. A state per page is depicted, and there’s a LOT packed onto each page. It’s full of tidbits of historical information about each state, from the year of statehood, state mottos, birds and flowers (but, I don’t see the state flag for each state), to national parks and museums, and many historical and odd facts and dates pertaining to each state. Each fact has it’s own fun artwork.

I would consider this book a descent choice for those homeschooling their children. But, I would NOT consider this a book to just sit down and read with your kid. Yawn! Yawn! Yawn! It’s just too much.

Break it up. Maybe pick an interesting fact, then research more into it. Look up photos of people or images of a certain place online. If you are traveling, I would look on each states page to see if there’s a place of interest to stop and see.

This book isn’t by any means all inconclusive. Some facts are written with the assumption that you or your kid do know “something” about basic history of the U.S. If not, then you’ll have to do a little more research.

For example on p. 12, for the State of Massachusetts, are the words: “The Hail to the Sunrise statue honors Indian nations” and a drawing of an Indian statue. A search engine brought up this website of Charlemont, Massachusetts, and a photo of the statue:


From there, you could learn more facts. Maybe look up each state’s flag as you go too, since it’s not included in the book.

I think this could be a good beginner’s learning tool to add to your library, but I wouldn’t rely heavily on it.

3.5 stars rounded up
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MissysBookshelf | 3 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
Throw it away?... "Archaic spelling, capitalization, and punctuation in historical quotations have been modernized throughout the text." - WHY?? They are no longer "quotes" then...
RickN | 21 other reviews | Mar 24, 2022 |
Evidently I listened to this in December of 2020. It is scary, but I totally have no recollection of reading it. At all.
I got so much out of this reading, in any case. Who knew that Jefferson created the four rectangular states out west? I mean, yes, he made the Louisiana purchase, but who knew that he divided the geography? And yes, I knew that Burr was a man of violent temper, but I didn't quite realize how popular he had been and how little he stood by his own word.
kaulsu | 1 other review | Oct 22, 2021 |
“America A Patriotic Primer” by Lynne Chenney uses the alphabet to talk about different aspects of our country. Like D for Declaration and it has a picture of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence. I can use this to start off the day as a warm up activity to get the kids engaged in a discussion that leads into the topic.
Cjf046 | 18 other reviews | May 3, 2021 |



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