If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

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by Elizabeth Levy, Richard Rosenblum

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In a lively question and answer format, readers are taken behind the locked doors of the Philadelphia State House during the dramatic Constitutional Convention.


In a lively question and answer format, readers are taken behind the locked doors of the Philadelphia State House during the dramatic Constitutional Convention.

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Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
Did you know that Ben Franklin was carried to an important meeting by a bunch of convicts and that George Washington could "bellow like a bull"? Readers will find out interesting tidbits about America's Founding Fathers plus answers to many questions dealing with the fledgling years of our country, including: What is the Constitution? What was the Declaration of Independence? Who invented the role of president? How is the government set up so the president doesn't have too much power? When did we become the United States? What are some of the rights in the Bill of Rights? Readers will enjoy the colorful illustrations, which complement the easy-to-understand text. An excellent resource for social studies or government classes. This book offers a fresh change from dry textbooks. A great tool for written or oral reports. Useful features include a table of contents and an addendum entitled "Amendments to Remember." Other books related to important historic events are available in the "If You" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 Levy presents the basic facts of the framing of the Constitution in a series of questions and answers. Background is provided in a very cursory explanation of the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and Shay's Rebellion. Although there is no index, readers will have little difficulty locating individual topics by skimming the boldly printed questions, which are arranged in a rough chronological sequence. Like Fritz' Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution (Putnam, 1987), Levy includes small bits of interesting social trivia to add appeal to the text. Fritz' book is the better of the two, but Levy's is a good second choice for this age group. The pen-and-ink drawings on each page are bland, and important details are occasionally lost in the gutter. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
If You Lived Series
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Levy was born on April 4, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y. She earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Brown University, and a M.A.T. from Columbia University. Before writing full-time, she worked as an editor and researcher in a news department at American Broadcasting Co. and was an assistant editor at a publishing company. Her books cover a wide range of reading levels and subject matter. While Levy obviously writes her books to instruct children, she also says she writes on subjects in which she is greatly interested. Levy is a member of the Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Writers of America, and PEN.

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 120 children's books. She lives in Raleigh, N.C.

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If You Were There When They Signed The Constitution (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Levy helped my children(i'm a teacher) understand this very well. With colored pictures it kept them interested and every fact was important!
Scapp70 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I bought it for my son who had to write a book report (3rd grade) for his class assugnment, and I wanted to read it first before he did in case he had any questions. I found it to be a fine sum up of the events that led up to it, and more. The story flowed well, depsite the author's tendencey to stir up racial factors that were unimportant for the most part. They wanted to let you know that it was a black man answering the door at a party, but left out how George Washington and other leaders were already setting up a framework that would eventually abolish slavery. Yet these instances were about three in number, and I still found the book as a whole very interesting. Kids may get confused toward the end of the book when it breaks from story telling and goes into charts and illustrations about how laws are made, so hold their hand if need be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago