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Right to Vote

Right to Vote

by Elaine Pascoe

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
"Suppose that you could be arrested for reading a book, going to church, or talking with your friends." Beginning with this dramatic sentence, this book goes on to explain that our rights to do all these things are guaranteed under U.S. law, unlike many other countries that have no such guarantees. The text does a very good job of explaining why the right to vote is vital to a democratic society. Four chapters cover the right to vote, winning the right to vote (African-Americans and women), protecting the right to vote, and what it means to vote. In addition, there is a section helping readers understand the Bill of Rights. A glossary of voting terms is provided at the back of the book. This book is one in the publisher's "Land of the Free" series. 1997, The Millbrook Press, Ages 8 to 12, $22.90. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6The basic tenets of American democracy are considered from both a historical and a contemporary focus. Vote reaffirms the seriousness of this privilege by discussing a significant U.S. Supreme Court case, Baker v. Carr, which determined that every voter has a voice in government. Such landmark decisions are presented in understandable terms, complemented with shorter "highlight" articles. In Worship, readers can trace the pursuit of religious freedom historically and see the contributions of William Penn, Roger Williams, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson as well as become aware of various religious movements including the Shakers and Jehovah's Witnesses. The concern over prayer in public school brings the religious freedom discussion to the present day. The series format is attractive, replete with full-color photos and black-and-white reproductions, information-packed sidebars, and highlight inserts. Students of American history will be able to relate its past and present implications to their lives. A quiet respect is fostered for those who showed the courage to fight for freedom and for those who live to maintain it.Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Land of the Free Series
Product dimensions:
7.73(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.36(d)
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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