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What Is a Constitution?
     

What Is a Constitution?

by William David Thomas
 

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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.

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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.

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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Using a concrete, understandable analogy of a game invented by school kids, Thomas ably explains the need for a country to have a constitution. After a brief look at the history of constitutions, he delves into ours: its writing (and the compromises involved), its articles, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. There is also a chapter dealing with state constitutions, which follow the pattern of the federal constitution while allowing for some individuality. The clean font, color photos, and well-placed, informative sidebars help draw in the reader. Charts and diagrams also facilitate understanding. Part of Gareth Stevens' "My American Government" series, the book includes an excellent glossary and index as well as well-chosen, age-appropriate books and web sites for further information. A good amount of information is packed into this slim book, making it a good choice for those ready for more than mere basics. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836888683
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
My American Government Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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