The Declaration of Independence from A to Z

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J is for Jefferson and S is for signatures in this illustrated children's picture book that traces the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and its subsequent profound impact. Unlike alphabet books that string together unrelated facts, this one actually tells the story of how our nation's founding document came to be.

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Overview

J is for Jefferson and S is for signatures in this illustrated children's picture book that traces the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and its subsequent profound impact. Unlike alphabet books that string together unrelated facts, this one actually tells the story of how our nation's founding document came to be.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806764
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 977,402
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine L. Osornio assisted in developing a reading program for Downey Child Care Center, targeting second through sixth graders. She has written more than sixty short stories for the program. Actively involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Osornio has contributed articles to Clubhouse Jr. and Discovery Years, both Focus on the Family publications, and was a columnist for Crossmap.com.

Layne Johnson considers illustrating children's books an adventure and has completed more than twenty titles, including Pelican's The Declaration of Independence from A to Z. Johnson visited many of the sites in Oahu to make this story come to life. His vibrant paintings give depth to the story and invite the reader to enter into the writer's world. Johnson has earned several honors, including the Western Heritage Award and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, and is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. A native Texan, Johnson makes his home in Houston.

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