Brush up on the Preamble to the Constitution with this patriotic picture book—and have a couple of good laughs while you're at it!
A long time ago some smart guys wrote the Preamble to the Constitution. You have probably read it before, but do you know what it means? And did it ever make you laugh? Now it will! Perfect for inspiring discussion in classrooms and around kitchen tables, this fun-filled and cheerfully illustrated look at the Preamble provides an accessible introduction to America's founding ideals for citizens of all ages.
Includes a glossary of terms and a foreword by the artist.
"This zany, patriotic paean offers kids lighthearted but meaningful incentive to reflect further on the relevance of those 'big words' and 'big ideas.'"—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
David Catrow (catrow.com) is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel; The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. David has twice been honored with The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year Award. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States" by David Catrow fills a nitch in the elementary school classroom. Most reading materials about the Constitution are often considered by students to be too dry or complicated. Not this book. Catrow not only includes a handy Preamble dictionary at the beginning of the book (Preamble: The first part of something, an introduction; Promote the General Welfare: To help make life good for everybody. Having enough to eat, a place to live, being safe, and having friends and fun times are some of things that make our lives good), but also drew cartoons to illustrate each important point of the Preamble. Some may consider the pencil and walercolor illustrations a little too zany, but most children will probably appreciate Catrow's comical drawings of three kids and a dog acting out the "big words and big ideas" of the document.
Catrow begins with an easily-accessible glossary to the preamble words and meanings, and then each preamble clause is given its own page and illustration. The illustrations are densely colored and visually appealing; they have characterization and also extend and add to the plotline. Some of them add humor, as well, such as the family moving in the first clause and having their dog carry all of their belongings. Therefore, the narration truly comes from the illustrations, as opposed to the text. Children will delight in picking out details from the pictures and tying them into the text.