We the People: The Story of Our Constitution

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America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In May 1787 delegates from across the country — including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin — gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for ...

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Overview

America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In May 1787 delegates from across the country — including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin — gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from "We the people" and inspiring hope for freedom around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With clarity and precision, Lynne Cheney simply and succinctly outlines the obstacles faced in 1788 by the new nation in keeping it from falling apart. When the 12 delegates met in Philadelphia, individual states were printing their own money, the British troops refused to vacate military posts, and the farmers of Massachusetts were rising up against the fragile government. Against this backdrop Cheney explains how leaders like Madison, Washington and Franklin worked with those who disagreed with their proposals, men like William Patterson of New Jersey, Governor Morris of Pennsylvania, and John Dickinson of Delaware. How diverse individuals representing diverse regions and ideas reached a compromise that yielded a document that goes to the very core of the republic is fascinating and very readable for young readers. Harlin's watercolors capture the period and the mood of the emerging nation. His portraits of the remarkable Founding Fathers breathe life and character into them. In this year of a highly charged presidential election readers are reminded of the lasting power of the Constitution and the fractious time in which it was conceived and executed. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Gr 3-5

In clear, cogent prose, Cheney lays out the tumultuous situation of the country at the end of the Revolutionary War. She moves on to the gathering of the representatives at the convention and colorfully describes the various issues and arguments that had to be resolved before the Constitution could be written. The vocabulary is rich, and the author incorporates fascinating details about the personalities who undertook this monumental task. The text is placed on clean white space on a quarter of each spread, with a quote from one of the historical figures at the bottom. The remaining three quarters of the spread is given to Harlin's impressive artwork, described as being done in "various water media." The sweep of these realistic paintings across the pages highlights the drama of each situation, and the artist makes remarkable use of perspective, making readers feel as though they are part of the actual scene. A delight for history buffs, perfect for reports, and a good read in general, this well-researched offering should be a first purchase for most libraries.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416954187
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 195,326
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Cheney

Lynne Cheney's most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Greg Harlin is an acclaimed artist and illustrator. His books for children include Dangerous Crossing, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, Mississippi, and Hanukkah at Valley Forge, winner of the 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Award. He has spent much of his twenty-eight working years recreating history through his paintings. His work has appeared in many national periodicals, including National Geographic, National Park Service publications, and Kids Discover magazine, and has received award recognition from the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, among other entities. Mr. Harlin lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    fantastic look at the founding of our country

    lynne cheney has done it once again. although this is a kids book it is historical easy to read and gives a great oververview of the founding of this country and it opened my eyes to other revolutionery heroes that I did not know about and this book has given me an intrest to furthur my study of the american revolution. great gift idea for child or adult or church or school library.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    What happened before Washington's election?

    Gives an excellent sense of the years between the end of the Revolutionary War and Washington's election. Wonderful and dramatic illustrations highlight the debate about representation in Congress, whether by population or by each state, that almost stopped the formation of the United States.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Great book to read with your children, grandchildren or as a teacher working with the younger ones. Will help them understand what it took to make this country.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    This book is worth possessing for the illustrations alone, but t

    This book is worth possessing for the illustrations alone, but the narrative of the forging of the Constitution is unvarnished and honest--and a tribute to the founders of our country.

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    Wonderful historical short book

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