AMERICA: The Making of a Nation

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AMERICA takes a fresh and compelling look at the birth of our nation, with lavish illustrations and interactive novelty spreads on every page.

Revealed through the lens of an anonymous journal, readers will take a chronological journey through watershed moments of American History. From the Founding Fathers' signing of the Declaration of Independence through current events of the 21st century, AMERICA offers an in-depth look at the making of ...

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Overview

AMERICA takes a fresh and compelling look at the birth of our nation, with lavish illustrations and interactive novelty spreads on every page.

Revealed through the lens of an anonymous journal, readers will take a chronological journey through watershed moments of American History. From the Founding Fathers' signing of the Declaration of Independence through current events of the 21st century, AMERICA offers an in-depth look at the making of our nation in an accessible volume that will speak to readers of every age.

Chockfull of innovative novelty components, including lift-the-flap postcards, removable song lyrics, and even a foldout replica of the Declaration of Independence, AMERICA offers readers a captivating exploration of the ideals and values our nation was built upon.

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

This volume walks in the footsteps of the popular "ology books" (Candlewick), but its construction is more suited to libraries, with most pieces glued down, rather than fully removable. With many bright graphics, colorful foldout flaps, and interesting trivia, the book will appeal to teachers and students alike. It includes a range of facts from the common (Declaration of Independence's signers and our national symbols) to the often-neglected (the significance of songs such as "Oh, Shenandoah," and "Ol' Man River"). Even the time line is done with an interesting twist, imagining the lifespan of our nation represented in the rings of an old tree. Well-written, well-researched, and interestingly laid out, this book is sure to be a hit.-Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA

Kirkus Reviews
A fictional journal writer reveals his trunk of "memorabilia" that embody the American values. Starting with the Declaration of Independence (a pull-out copy is included), the book invites readers to lift flaps, open accordion-fold lyrics, pull out a colonial flag and learn little-known facts. Of necessity, books that aim to convey all of America must skim the surface and become hodgepodge collections of people, places and events. Even by the standards of this very cursory glimpse, short shrift is given to women, Native Americans, African-Americans and Latinos; Edison's achievements are put on a par with the Slinky. Much questionable and simplistic material is included. The watercolors are competent, but where are genuine portraits of great Americans, and why painted versions of tickets, announcements and the like, with some illegible wording? Young readers will enjoy the tactile experiences and juicy trivia, but they'll likely come away with only the slightest appreciation for why their country is special. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316031707
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 243,183
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Samuels has written many books about American and world history for young readers.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    "Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence." - Abraham Lincoln <BR/><BR/>Although the United States of America did not begin as a country and a nation just with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it can be said that it was a pivotal moment in our history. <BR/><BR/>As Calvin Coolidge noted, "To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race." Especially now, with the inauguration of a new US President only days past, AMERICA: THE MAKING OF A NATION is a wonderful reminder as to how our great nation came about. <BR/><BR/>This wonderful tome is filled with information that any US history buff would be proud to read about: how The Star-Spangled Banner came to be written, the making of the flag, information on "Uncle Sam," the creation of Mount Rushmore, and much, much more. <BR/><BR/>The book even includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which would make it valuable to a personal or classroom library on its own. But add in all of the wonderful timelines, lift-the-flap information, and amazing facts just waiting to be discovered, and this is one book on American History that kids will want to read on their own, without having to be forced to do so by their teachers!

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