For this book, best-selling children's author Mary Pope Osborne was inspired by a Fourth of July she spent in a small Pennsylvania town. Her warm account captures the joy of America's favorite summertime celebration. On the Fourth of July, a family joins the rest of their town in Memorial Park to celebrate America's Birthday. When the sun goes down, everyone sits on the grass for the concert. The band plays, then the fireworks start. Millions of lights fill the night sky with bright colors.
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"Andy Paris spins a sentimental story about a traditional Fourth of July celebration, including raffles and penny-pitching. Reading slowly, he sounds like a teenager as he describes the various highlights of the day, such as the food and concert later in the evening. The events and tone of the story emphasize family warmth and community spirit. Without accompanying illustrations, however, the story is disjointed, as if Paris is describing a series of unrelated scenes. Perhaps listening along with the print book would tie together the story and better captivate young listeners. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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