What Is a Constitution?by William David Thomas
My American Government brings social studies to life through a series of fact-filled, exciting books that introduce students to how our government works. Engaging analogies provide insights into the origins and functions of government as well as offer a fresh perspective on the work done by the framers more than 200 years ago.
Gr 3-5- These books have an accessible format and clear writing. Each one begins with a story to help personalize the information, such as one about presidential candidate Reagan visiting a coffee shop (in Leaders ) or another about a student who is unfairly treated (in Basic Rights ). Charts ("How a Bill Becomes a Law" in Parts of Government ; "Three Branches of Government" in Constitution ) aid understanding. Relevant issues such as the disputed 2000 election are highlighted in text boxes. Differences in federal versus state and local governments are noted, and unusual issues such as Native American governments within states and the voting provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act are mentioned. Black-and-white and full-color vintage and more recent photographs appear throughout. For a younger audience than the "Library of American Government" series (World Almanac Library), this set will be helpful to libraries looking to update their voting and government offerings before the 2008 election.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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