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Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Designer of Our Flag

For Ages: 8 - 12
Explore the childhood of Betsy Ross and find out why she’s an all-star in American history!

Betsy Ross is remembered as the maker of the first American flag, which was secretly presented to General George Washington in Philadelphia in 1776. But what was she like as a kid?

In this narrative biography, you’ll learn all about the childhood of Betsy Ross—from her birth on January 1, 1752, as the eighth of seventeen children, to her Quaker upbringing, to her growing love for sewing and apprenticeship to an upholsterer. Discover how and why Betsy began making flags—and some surprising info about her legendary contribution to America.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481407069 | 
  • August 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Betsy Ross

THE CHOICE
BETSY GRISCOM looked thoughtfully up and down the long table. Her father and mother, her six older sisters, her small brother George, as well as Betsy herself, were sitting around it. Only Martha, two, and the baby, six months old, were already in bed. Betsy counted carefully.

“Ten people,” she said, puzzled. “Ten people are sitting at this table, and there isn’t room for any more. What are we going to do when the baby and Martha are old... see more

About the Author

Ann Weil

Anne Weil was the author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice, Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag, and Red Sails to Capri, which was a 1953 Newbery Honor Book.

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