Checks and Balances: A Look at the Powers of Government

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What are checks and balances? They are limits that keep different parts of government from having too much power. But just what are these limits? And how do they help our government run more smoothly? Read this book to find out.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on an important civics question—How Does Government Work? Informative text, interesting photos, and useful ...

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Overview

What are checks and balances? They are limits that keep different parts of government from having too much power. But just what are these limits? And how do they help our government run more smoothly? Read this book to find out.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on an important civics question—How Does Government Work? Informative text, interesting photos, and useful examples will help you find the answer!

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Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
In this first title in Searchlight Books' "How does government work?" series, Kowalski explores the three branches of the United States government and their respective powers and limitations. Though the series covers the full spectrum of time in the history of our government, from pre-revolution to present day, each book focuses on a certain aspect of how the government works. Here, using simple language that young children can easily understand, Kowalski describes the issues of the Revolutionary War that led to the establishment of checks and balances in our current government and the various powers that each branch of the federal government holds today. Kowalski explains the importance of a balance of power in government, and describes the checks that each branch holds over the powers of the others. Including a glossary and an index, as well as a list of books and websites for further reading, this book is a good resource for a young child's first introduction to the United States government, and it would be a great addition to any first or second-grade classroom library. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761385585
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: How Does Government Work? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 636,478
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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