People from all over the world come to the United States to live and work. Most U.S. citizens are born in this country, but according to the 2000 census data, 1 in 10 U.S. citizens were born in another country. The process to become a naturalized citizen is composed of several steps, among them taking an exam, being interviewed, and taking a loyalty oath. Throughout the process, the duties of being a citizen of the United States are stated often and clearly. Most immigrants are eligible to become citizens, but the process can be lengthy and each procedure must be completed accurately before citizenship is granted. A short history of citizenship in Greece and Rome and an explanation of the duties and privileges of citizenship in the United States are provided. Each step in the process is explained clearly and succinctly in short chapters. Full color photos of immigrants going through the citizenship process appear in each chapter. An index and a glossary are provided at the end of the text. This book is part of the "Government in Action" series. 2005, ABDO, Ages 5 to 8.
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Gr 3-5-Straightforward explanations of how our government works and the rights and duties of citizens. Each book has an interesting assortment of vintage and recent color photos, all well captioned, and is logically arranged. Citizen includes facsimiles of a birth certificate, resident card, application for naturalization, sample questions from the citizenship tests, and the text of the "Oath of Allegiance." Bill focuses on passage of federal laws, and the narrative is enhanced by a spread that graphically indicates the steps in passing legislation. Office shows the various stages in a campaign and discusses basic differences between Republicans and Democrats. All of these books refer readers to the publisher's Web site, which contains links to information about the subjects in each title. Mike Bonner's How a Bill Is Passed and How to Become an Elected Official (both Chelsea House, 2000) are more detailed accounts for slightly older readers. Hamilton's books are solid purchases where basic civics books are needed.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.