The Declaration of Independence from A to Z

The Declaration of Independence from A to Z

by Catherine Osornio, Layne Johnson
     
 

From the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776, this comprehensive alphabet book follows the citizens of the Thirteen Colonies as they fight for representation. During the 1700s, greed ruled King George III of England, and he thought he could tax the Colonists on anything. As a result, they rebelled by…  See more details below

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From the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776, this comprehensive alphabet book follows the citizens of the Thirteen Colonies as they fight for representation. During the 1700s, greed ruled King George III of England, and he thought he could tax the Colonists on anything. As a result, they rebelled by forming their own government. Featuring C for Continental Congress, I for Independence, and R for Revolution, this historical children's book infuses readers with patriotism and awe.

The Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in the United States, gave Americans the right to defend themselves against tyranny from England. Its story lives on today in annual celebrations accented with cannon fire and spectacles of light. More than an alphabet book, this account for young readers, which features vibrantly detailed paintings, inspires a love of liberty by highlighting the devotion of those who fought for it.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Using an alphabetic format, Osornio provides a basic chronological overview of events surrounding the issuance of the Declaration of Independence. Unfamiliar terms are defined within the entries. The illustrations vary between large-scale spreads and smaller individual pictures. The design unpredictability holds readers' interest and allows letters to correspond more closely to the images. Accurate historical details in the paintings help illuminate the period. Unfortunately, there are some problems. Pictorial focal points, such as the map of the 13 colonies and John Hancock's signature, are sometimes lost in the gutter, and text placed over dark picture areas is difficult to read. No sources, bibliography, or index are included, which limits the book's use for research. The complete text of the Declaration is not included, either. As part of a class study, the book could be used to introduce the topic, to supplement more straightforward texts, or as a writing or research prompt.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806764
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,146,681
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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