The Children's Book Quote of the Day

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What does patriotism mean to a child? September 13, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — nancymasters @ 12:12 pm

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.



3 Responses to “What does patriotism mean to a child?”

  1. Kristi Says:

    What a great idea! And it’s a great quote too! I’m glad we figured out how to get you posting 🙂

  2. Aunt Connie Says:

    Nancy, thanks so much! Values, ethics, and ideals are always tricky to explain to people…young and old. I’m so excited that you are going to be contributing to The Children’s Book Quote of the Day. I look forward to your next posting:)

    • nancymasters Says:

      Thank you! I hope to get something out each week on Monday or Tuesday. May not always, but I enjoy sharing and am encouraged to know there are those who read them. If any of you are teachers/librarians/work in the public schools and would like to have information about having me as a Visiting Author in your school, let me know. My website at has tons of information and as one librarian told me last year at TLA (Texas Library Association Annual Conference) “You’re a cheap thrill!” LOL!

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