A timeline in this book spans the American historical period from 1775 to 1783. However, most attention is given to the steps leading up to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and its signing in Philadelphia. References are made to John Hancock, Samuel Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and John Adams as well as others who stepped up to meet the challenge of gaining independence from a stifling British government. Space is given to the explanation of the stand of the individual colonies on this issue. In addition, the Declaration of Independence is examined in regards to its contents and different sections. A complete understanding of this significant document is offered through the addition of a timeline, map, glossary and other available resources. Vocabulary words are aided by contextual explanations that increase the ease of reading this non-fiction, high interest book. This book is a must, along with others in the "Let Freedom Ring" series for schools wishing to adequately cover early historical America. 2002, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 10 to 18. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 3-8 These titles explore the events surrounding the creation of these documents, and are enhanced with quotes and anecdotes related to the individuals involved. Leebrick discusses the reasons for the Constitutional Convention, James Madison's integral role, and the difficulty of achieving ratification by the states. Oberle describes the happenings that led to the Second Continental Congress, the writing of the document, and the compromises made by the delegates. Each book has a time line; a list of places to visit; and full-color and black-and-white portraits, photos, and reproductions. Useful for research and enjoyable for recreational reading. -Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.