From Publishers Weekly
In honor of its 20-year anniversary, Steven Kellogg's Yankee Doodle has been redesigned and refurbished, for a new generation of young patriots. Intricate, spirited illustrations depict the day George Washington took control of the rebel troops during the Revolutionary War; the musical score is included. )
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
TITLR YAnkee Doodle. . 1996. Ages 4^-8. First published under the title Steven Kellogg's Yankee Doodle
(1976) and starred in Booklist
, this picture book looks better than ever in its larger format. The glossy pages allow finer reproduction of the lively, detailed ink drawings that are washed with watercolor. The larger format affords room for a bigger typeface and more repetitions of the refrain as well as more white space framing the bordered illustrations. Two new pages provide detailed notes on the song and its history. And the familiar line that another age of political correctness had edited to "Mind the music and the step, and with the folks be handy" is here restored to the original, "Mind the music and the step and with the girls be handy." Hurrah!