AMERICA: The Making of a Nation

AMERICA: The Making of a Nation

by Charlie Samuels
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316031707
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

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

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