By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star Spangled Banner

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Scholastic Inc., 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
Kroll's text tells the inspiring story of how Francis Scott Key wrote America's national anthem, complete with majestic oil paintings that bring the history and excitement to life. Includes the words and music to the song, a photo of the original manuscript, early maps, an etching of Key, a bibliography, and index. Full-color illustrations.

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I'm not usually terribly crazy about Steven Kroll books, but this one is amazing! What depth of research! I am absolutely astounded by this book! I had no idea that there were multiple verses in the ... Read full review

BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner

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A handsomely illustrated account of the writing of our national anthem, in its historical context. Beginning with a note on the War of 1812 and concluding with one on the later history of Key and his ... Read full review


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Steven Kroll was born in Manhattan, New York on August 11, 1941. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature in 1962, he worked as an editor of books for adults in London, England, and New York City. In the early 1970s, a children's book editor urged him to try his hand at writing for children, and he began what would become his career. His first picture book, Is Milton Missing?, was published in 1975. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 95 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Jungle Bullies, That Makes Me Mad, Sweet America, Pooch on the Loose, and When I Dream of Heaven. He died from complications of gastrointestinal surgery on March 8, 2011 at the age of 69.

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