The Flag Maker

The Flag Maker


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Here in lyrical prose is the story of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the national anthem of the United States. This flag, which came to be known as the Star-Spangled Banner, also inspired author Susan Campbell Bartoletti, who, upon seeing it at the Smithsonian Institution, became curious about the hands that had sewn it.

Here is her story of the early days of this flag as seen through the eyes of young Caroline Pickersgill, the daughter of an important flag maker, Mary Pickersgill, and the granddaughter of a flag maker for General George Washington’s Continental Army. It is also a story about how a symbol motivates action and emotion, brings people together, and inspires courage and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618809110
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/14/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 448,564
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845–1850, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Visit her website at

Ms. Nivola has written and illustrated several children’s books, including Planting the Trees of Kenya. She lives with her family in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Flag Maker 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ekstewar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This story is about a young girl named Caroline who was commissioned along with her mother to make the American flag. Genre: Historical fiction.Personal reflection: I think this book gave an interesting take on a classic story. Bartoletti made the story interesting to young readers by making a young girl the focus of the story. It gives kids the inspiration that even though they are young they can accomplish really big things. Concept: I think one of the strongest uses of this book would be to inspire young readers to reach for the stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Flag Maker is the story of the American flag commissioned by the military in 1813 to be flown over Fort McHenry. Mary Pickersgill and her daughter, Caroline are known to have worked on the large flag, which is now housed in the Smithsonian. Due to the size of the flag it is assumed others must have worked on the flag with the Pickersgills to complete the project, although that is not possible to verify. The author's note explains that there is also an historical difference of opionion as to whether this is the exact flag, which Francis Scott Key watched through the attack on September 13 and 14, 1814 and thus inspired the writing of The Star Spangled Banner. There is a blending of fact and fiction in this account, which the author acknowledges. What remains is a fine story of what may have occured so very long ago giving youngsters a glimpse of the past. The Flag Maker fills a gap in the literature available for this age group.