Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

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by Jean Fritz, Tomie dePaola
     
 

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This factual gem that's written with Jean Fritz's humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States!

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This factual gem that's written with Jean Fritz's humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In her conversational and entertaining style, Fritz takes readers behind the scenes to learn what it was like during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The representatives came together in Philadelphia and suffered the heat and misery of working in a closed up room listening to other delegates drone on for hours, and constantly cajoling colleagues and soothing the concerns and fears of those who were against a national or federal government. Finally thanks to the efforts of many, a Constitution was drafted and ratified by nine states forming the United States of America. A copy of the Constitution and those who signed it are included as well as additional notes supporting the text. A really delightful way to learn American history. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 An informative, interesting, and immensely readable account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Aimed at the same audience as Fritz' well-known series on Revolutionary heroes (Coward), this is every bit as good as those acclaimed titles, although younger children might need to have some terms clarified. Neatly woven into the discussion of what the framers were doing and how they did it are some wonderfully gossippy tidbits that are sure to catch young readers' imagination and make it all come alive for them. The text of the Constitution is included, as well as several pages of notes that expand upon some of the points that the main text touches upon. DePaola's choice of what to illustrate is excellent, as he has selected situations that have great child appeal. His illustrations, many of which are in color, add a further touch of good humor to the proceedings, particularly the sourpuss expressions on some of the founding fathers. This is superior to Marilyn Prolman's Story of the Constitution (Childrens, 1969), which is for the same age group. It is similar in style to Henry Steele Commager's The Great Constitution (Bobbs-Merrill, 1961), which is for an older audience. Fritz' ability to simplify without condescending makes this an excellent choice for introducing young readers to the complexities of the constitution. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Lib . , Randolph, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698116245
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
145,317
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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Shh! We're Writing the Constitution 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jean Fitz details a lot of the discussions and compromises. She makes you feel the possibility that the Constitution wouldn't pass.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Washington! The Virginia Plan! This is a down right OK history book, I read three history books of Fritz's and this one is my LEAST favorite. Hope you like my review!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It true everything in it is true but it BORING I fell a asleep while reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago