Constitution Translated for Kids

Constitution Translated for Kids

by Cathy Travis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983730194
Publisher: We the Books
Publication date: 01/22/2016
Pages: 134
Sales rank: 575,352
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cathy Travis worked on Capitol Hill for 25 years as a communications director, senior advisor and political consultant for various Members of Congress until her early retirement. A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Travis graduated from Arkansas State University and resides in Washington, D.C.
Her first book, the award-winning Constitution Translated for Kids, was hailed by partisans in all major political parties as an even-handed, non-ideological rendition of the founding U.S. document.
Travis herself has been a registered Independent for over a decade.
Since 2008, she has been writing books full time, publishing: TARGET SITTING, REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE, and ELECTED.

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Constitution Translated for Kids 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
garydale More than 1 year ago
Actually, I think this book isn¿t for only kids. Every American citizen should have a copy of it. We have forgotten what this document says and what it means to each and every one of us. My hat is off to Cathy Travis for undertaking this work so that the young ones in the United States would have a guide to the most important document in our government, the basic law of our land.

The book is well laid out, easily understood and goes into detail in an extremely apt manner the nuances, including the controversial aspects of the document. Throughout most of the book the actual words of the Constitution are in a column to the left of the page and then the explanation of the text is on the right. Cathy Travis has broken down the explanation quite often to include examples to make the words easier to understand for the reader. From time to time she also adds historical information to make the overall study even more pleasurable. Her language is plain and intelligible but not necessarily language that you would take as written for other than the casual reader. I would liken her style to the writing you might find in Reader¿s Digest ¿ written for everybody to read.

I would like to go back to my comment at the top of this review for a moment. I think it is no shame for adults to study this book in the format that Cathy has laid it out and I would encourage people to do so. It could easily have been titled The Constitution for Beginners as far as I am concerned. We could all do with a perusal of this book, whether the goal be for the study of the Constitution for the first time or whether it be to brush up on your knowledge of its content. Far too many of us Americans have no real idea of what our constitution says let alone what it means. None of us have to be historians or legal experts in constitutional theory but it is our duty to understand our government and to know our rights granted by this document. As a big ¿L¿ Libertarian I believe that the knowledge of our constitution is of the utmost importance to our everyday lives. Not only is the Constitution the cornerstone of our government but it is the very basic document that protects all the rights that we take for granted. We need this knowledge just to be good citizens.

To put it mildly, I am happy with the work done on this book. It is very good that Cathy Travis believes this constitutional learning should start with our youth in schools and she has done an excellent job at putting this book together. And on a more personal note, I am also happy to know that the author is from my home state of Arkansas as well¿!
LiterateHousewife on LibraryThing 10 months ago
If there is ever a time that the American government and its processes our on our minds, it¿s during an election year. Although this nation¿s founding and its history are taught in every school and university throughout this nation, the Constitution is much discussed, but not fully understood.The Constitution Translated for Children is a wonderful resource. I can see a great deal of practical application for this book at home or in the classroom - or, more importantly, both. Within this book, Cathy Travis does a wonderful job breaking down the Constitution into understandable language and provides relevant examples. The exercises are challenging and encourage the reader to expand upon the text. After reading this book, I felt like I had a much better understanding of the document that framed my government than I ever had before ¿ without feeling as if I was being talked down to because it is geared toward children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago