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As I write this, we are experiencing the first full-fledged summer weather of the season—highs in the mid-90s, a light south wind, and a cloudless, expansive sky. This is the summer I love. Don’t talk to me in July when it’s too hot to be outside at 10 p.m., and you have to put booties on your dog when you take her out for a walk, so she won’t burn her paws crossing the street. No, today is the perfect summer day—made for lazing poolside (friends with pools, call me!) with a great novel.
Though not a federal holiday, President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 did issue a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day. Why June 14? The flag of the United States was adopted on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
In the Dictionary of French Place Names in The U.S.A., René Coulet Du Gard writes that the first Frenchmen who came to the United States can be divided into three categories: the mainly Canadian-born trappers and wood scouts or "coureurs des bois," the missionaries, and those serving the House of France.
Submitted by Family Reads on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:19pm
The Parents' Choice Awards recognize the best in audios, books, DVDs, magazines, mobile apps, software, television, toys, video games, and websites for kids. Click here to see the best kids' books for Spring of 2013 in these categories: