Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? is as whimsical as its name suggests, presenting the stories behind a number of familiar American emblems, symbols, and national monuments. The author has a storytelling style that draws you in, and the black-and-white, pen-and-ink drawings are just off-the-wall enough to amuse and catch your attention.
Even though I thought I already knew how we got our flag, how the "Star Spangled Banner" happened to be written, how the White House, Capitol, and Statue of Liberty were built, and how the Liberty Bell got its crack, I was surprised to find that there were many more details to each story than I'd heard before. In addition to these familiar stories, you'll also learn about such familiar symbols as the eagle, the Great Seal, and Uncle Sam; how the Pledge of Allegiance came about, and the stories behind Mount Rushmore, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials.