Our U. S. Capitol

Our U. S. Capitol

by Mary Firestone, Matthew Skeens
     
 

The U.S. Capitol houses both the Congress and Senate, but do you know its history? This building, which stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, took more than 30 years to build. It has survived through wars, and has had many changes and additions. Join a tour guide and learn more about the U.S. capitol.  See more details below

Overview

The U.S. Capitol houses both the Congress and Senate, but do you know its history? This building, which stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, took more than 30 years to build. It has survived through wars, and has had many changes and additions. Join a tour guide and learn more about the U.S. capitol.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
A tour guide named Celine takes you on a walk through the U.S. Capitol. She explains the purpose of the Capitol, its location and how the location was selected. The guide details the early history of the Capitol, its near destruction during the War of 1812 and its use as a hospital during the Civil War. The book is short and concise but it holds interesting and perhaps little-known facts about the Capitol. One such tidbit is about the design of the Capitol. Originally, French architect Pierre L'Enfant was hired to design the building. However, he was fired because he refused to put his plan down on paper. He claimed that he had the plans in his head. Finally, a design by Willam Thornton, a doctor, was chosen for the building. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson liked his design. Construction on the U.S. Capitol began in 1793. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404837195
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
American Symbols Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
IG730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Long:

Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts.

Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife.

Short:

Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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