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YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg


by Steven Kellogg & illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80158-0
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Working in his usual ink and watercolor, Kellogg (Snuffles and Snouts, 1995, etc.) creates bustling crowd scenes in which all the people look like they have something to say. At the center of the blue-skied visions of New England is a mischievous Yankee Doodle, wending his way through camps and battles in the company of his little dog. The overall atmosphere is one of festive patriotism. Kellogg's pictures capture not only the meaning, but the rhythms of each verse, and readers are sure to sing along with the text (the music to the song is included). Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)