“Patriotism means loving your country more than you love ketchup.” From THE FABULOUS FLYING FLAG FARM by Nancy Robinson Masters/MasAir Publications
In this book little Hubie Hernandez explains the meaning of the word “patriotism” to his friend, Ed Roy Odem, in a way he knew Ed Roy, who ate ketchup on everything, could clearly understand. I wrote this book several years ago and it received the “Grown and Made in the USA” recognition from the National Cotton Council. It continues to be a favorite of parents and teachers seeking to teach kids why pledging allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America is a way to show how people need to work to make our country the best it can be for everyone.
It’s difficult to define words like “patriotism” to adults and doubly difficult to define the enormous concepts this word represents to young children. If you are looking for a way to define patriotism to your child, try this:
Think about something your child cherishes–a toy, a favorite play place, or another object (not a person or pet). Quote Hubie Hernandez, only replace the word “ketchup” with the name of that object. It will set a foundation in place you can begin building the values, ethics, and ideals you want to instill in your kids in ways that are understandable and personal to them as individuals.