The government of the United States of America is made up of three affiliated and complementary branches. In this volume of the illustrated “Your Guide to Government” series Rodger takes readers into the world of the federal court system with particular focus on the Supreme Court of the United States. In telling this story, Rodger offers her readers a glimpse of some of the most noteworthy court decisions, the appeals process, how cases to be reviewed are selected, and the personalities of several leading justices. Interspersed throughout the text are review and thought questions that should help the reader identify and assess critical knowledge. As part of the illustrated “Your Guide to Government” series this particular guidebook should provide readers a better understanding of the workings of the American court system. Of particular interest is the way the author compresses such a complex subject into approximately thirty pages without losing content integrity. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 9 to 13.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—These volumes provide solid introductory material about the U.S. government. Each book discusses the purpose of each branch; the different positions, such as Chief Justice and Speaker of the House; the work done; and the strengths and the challenges of each branch and how they interact. The texts are clearly written, although there are a couple of instances in which they beg for additional information. For example, in Legislative, the author states, "Most people vote on Election Day. Others vote earlier." (How? Why?) If "lawmakers do not vote the way whips tell them to…they can be punished." (How?) The captioned photos are large and attractive. They also display currency by including Barack Obama, John Boehner, Jacob Lew, and other sitting or recent staff members. In Executive, the last paragraph under "Protecting America" stops mid sentence. Most pages include a "What do you think?" box that poses a comprehension or thought question. In addition, each book has a "Learning More" section. Overall these titles are acceptable additions to school collections.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL