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Candlewick Press


Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews


Tap. Tap. Tap. The sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guard the honored resting place of the unnamed men and women that gave their lives for this country. Twenty-one steps from one end of the mat to the other. Turn. Twenty-one steps back. Repeat. If you listen to the rhythm of the lines, you can hear the steps of the sentinels. The illustrations are realistically detailed and diverse, depicting stars, moons, and crosses on tombstones, prosthetic limbs, and glistening eyes. The short sentences encourage the reader to read this book slowly, allowing the words to deliver their full punch about its weighty and deep topic. This would be a valuable book for both adults and children as a lesson in our history and as a reminder of what our freedom has taken. Highly Recommended Morgan Rupp, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University



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Review of <em>Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier</em> by Jeff Gottesfeld

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