What are the Levels of Government?

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Whitman
The first in Crabtree's series "Your Guide to Government," this nonfiction primer introduces the activities of school, city, district, county, state and federal government through a series of two-page spreads. Sections highlight "The State's Jobs," "Federal Jobs," "Government Money" (i.e. taxes) and "Native Americans" governed by reservation tribal councils. Bedesky defines government as "teams of people" who "make rules we must obey" and "also help and protect us." In simple, declarative sentences, the text gives examples of the responsibilities of each level of government. This thorough survey ranges from the titles of leaders to the role of special districts, such as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Discussion of how local rules vary depending upon needs adds nuance to the familiar outline of the tripartite government. The final section, "Seeing Government," invites children to identify public servants who touch their lives daily. A useful glossary and index follow the text. Anchoring each spread lower left and top right are two color images, each with a caption in a call-out box. Occasional fact boxes piggyback on the pages. The dominant illustrations often detract from the text. Many photos feature static objects: a container ship, library shelves, a desolate stretch of roadway. Even those with people—a customer handing a credit card to a cashier ("taxes may be added to what we buy"), for instance—have a staged rather than documentary quality. The generic, historical captions reinforce this phony feel and at one point steer readers wrong. "These people listen to cases in the most important court in the country," says one caption under a bench of jurists inthe "Federal Government" section. But the judges are sitting under the seal of the State of Oregon; they are not the Supreme Court. Reviewer: Sylvia Whitman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778743279
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Your Guide to Government Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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