This reader-friendly chapter book presents a complex concept in a clear and concise manner to young readers. The large, easy-to-read text and compact size are inviting. Beautiful color photographs enhance the text and convey a visual relevance. Colorful caption boxes explain photos and add visual cues to important information. Brief chapters include information on the necessity of paying taxes, why people pay taxes, kinds of taxes, how governments spend taxes and what is a good tax. Some strange taxes and a look at how tax money helps people around the world are also revealed. This is a good library or home resource that carefully and cleverly relays a concept important to democracies. One in the "True Books on Civics" series. 2002, Children's Press,
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Gr 3-5-The first book defines what a citizen is and gives an overview of the process of becoming one. The second book describes different types of taxes, why they are paid, and what services they support. Each title is illustrated with clear, captioned photographs that emphasize points made in the text. Historical references are illustrated with archival images. Both texts are written in a clear, concise, straightforward style. Other titles about these topics are written on higher reading levels with increased complexity. These books will serve as resources for units about local, state, and federal government. ESL teachers and adults providing education and assistance to immigrants may find them valuable as well.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.