The Rocket's Red Glare: Celebrating the History of The Star Spangled Banner (Book and CD)
by Peter Alderman
I just got this book yesterday and I've very excited about incorporating it into our study of patriotic music next year. The book contains a CD with a recording of our national anthem as sung by Jo Dee Messina. Her version is not as ornamented as some (which is good) nor as true to the melody as I would like (which is bad), but on the whole, it's nice enough, ESPECIALLY if this was part of a sub lesson. I plan on using my own recording or having the students sing it themselves when we use it. The biggest problem with her recording is that it is VERY VERY S-L-O-W!!
The BEST part about this book is that it has a nicely recorded reading of ALL of the text in the book..... The recording is about 8 minutes long and even includes a spoken reading of ALL of the verses of the Star Spangled Banner. I REALLY like this book because it retells many of the historical facts that I often forget to share with my students when I'm feeling low on time.