Discusses how and why the United States Constitution was created; includes the difficulties with ratification by the states; and explains the Bill of Rights.
Children's LiteratureThis book rounds out the series "Let Freedom Ring." Enhanced with historical illustrations and photos, the book details the combining of 13 states to make the United States of America. Once this happened, the 13 states were held responsible for the residents of their own states but no cohesion was found between the states in regards to governing practices. This book informs the reader of how a transition took place to bring about a stable government to govern all the people as one group. The writing of and adoption of the United Stated Constitution to be used for all the people is highlighted. The secrecy surrounding the Constitutional Convention adds to the interest of the book. An outline of the Constitution and summary of the Bill of Rights are included. Two pages are devoted to the travels of the physical document of the Constitution itself. These pages are heaped with facts. With rich supplemental information consisting of a timeline, map, sidebars, glossary and additional resources, this book is packed with material to enrich a school curriculum. Like the others, it has been authored with the idea that the text supports requirements of the National Standards for History in schools. 2002, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 10 to 18. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library JournalGr 3-8 These titles explore the events surrounding the creation of these documents, and are enhanced with quotes and anecdotes related to the individuals involved. Leebrick discusses the reasons for the Constitutional Convention, James Madison's integral role, and the difficulty of achieving ratification by the states. Oberle describes the happenings that led to the Second Continental Congress, the writing of the document, and the compromises made by the delegates. Each book has a time line; a list of places to visit; and full-color and black-and-white portraits, photos, and reproductions. Useful for research and enjoyable for recreational reading. -Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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