The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

by Lori Mortensen, Matthew Skeens
     
 

The Declaration of Independence is an American symbol that helps citizens define their rights. Join Thomas Jefferson as he introduces the story of the creation of the famous document he wrote—the Declaration of Independence.

Overview

The Declaration of Independence is an American symbol that helps citizens define their rights. Join Thomas Jefferson as he introduces the story of the creation of the famous document he wrote—the Declaration of Independence.

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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
The book begins with Thomas Jefferson addressing students and explaining the Declaration of Independence and the events surrounding the American Revolutionary War. The text goes back and forth between Jefferson's letter to the reader and explanatory blocks of text. It is difficult to see what is achieved by this back and forth approach. The information presented is standard in terms of the history and presentation. The illustrations are somewhat cartoonish, which is awkward because of the historic characters with whom children are familiar, such as Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., who appear later in the book. The use of Jefferson's letters becomes a little confusing as he "looks ahead" to these later characters and to modern times. In addition to the story, the book includes a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and references for additional study. The text would work fine as supplemental material but lacks the unique approach that would make it a "must" for the classroom or library. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404851658
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
American Symbols Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
874,257
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Mortensen is a multi-published children’s author who writes fiction and nonfiction on all sorts of subjects. When she’s not plunking away at the keyboard, she enjoys making cheesy bread rolls, gardening, and hanging out with her family at their home in northern California.

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