Becoming a Citizen

Becoming a Citizen

by Sarah E. De Capua

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Children's Literature
How often we take our citizenship for granted, when thousands of people are studying and expending a great deal of energy to become a United States citizen. This "True Book" about civics is an excellent beginning point for a social studies unit, as well as a reminder for the rest of us, of everything that is involved in becoming a legal member of a country. From the beginning question of what is a citizen to the Citizenship Ceremony, this book carefully and clearly guides readers through the naturalization process. Issues covered include responsibilities and privileges of being a U.S. citizen, requirements that must be met, applying for naturalization and an overview of the Citizenship test. Just to see how savvy we may think we are, five sample questions that could be asked are included, along with their answers. How many of us can name the thirteen original states? Though written for adolescents or younger, people of almost any age can learn something from this well-planned book. The color photographs are of actual ceremonies, real applicants and their families, and present a realistic sense of what is involved with this very serious, but exciting decision of immigrants. Helpful additional resources are in the back of the book, as well as on-line sources to learn more about immigration and citizenship. 2002, Children's Press/Scholastic,
— Elizabeth Young <%ISBN%>0516223313
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The first book defines what a citizen is and gives an overview of the process of becoming one. The second book describes different types of taxes, why they are paid, and what services they support. Each title is illustrated with clear, captioned photographs that emphasize points made in the text. Historical references are illustrated with archival images. Both texts are written in a clear, concise, straightforward style. Other titles about these topics are written on higher reading levels with increased complexity. These books will serve as resources for units about local, state, and federal government. ESL teachers and adults providing education and assistance to immigrants may find them valuable as well.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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True Book Series
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Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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