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How to Build Your Own Country (Citizenkid) Hardcover – August 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Citizenkid
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554533104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554533107
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... will be a perfect resource for kids working on class projects, as well as an entertaining read on a subject that will interest any youngster who ever wondered what it would be like to be in charge of an entire nation.

Youngsters will enjoy the color illustrations and humor throughout.

About the Author

Valerie Wyatt is an award-winning editor and writer and the author of more than 14 nonfiction children's books, many of them about science. Her FAQ Weather won the 2000 Science in Society Award, and in 2004 she received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Valerie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and her dog, MacPherson.

Fred Rix's illustrations have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times and Scientific American. She works from her home in the Hamptons.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharee Langenstein on July 28, 2010
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The ten year old friend of my nine year old daughter slept over recently, and the friend brought this book along with her. The girls spent the weekend "creating" their own country, writing its constitution, singing their anthem, designing the flag, etc. They had a FABULOUS time! Along the way, we had some really good discussions about who might want to live in their country, how their country would be ruled, and more.

My daughter's friend, who is traditionally schooled, said this was her favorite book. I could easily see why. I homeschool my children, and am purchasing our own copy of the book to use in future lessons about civics and citizenship. I would recommend this book for upper elementary level children. This would be an especially good book for gifted children (like my daughter and her friend) who need creative outlets and "outside the box" academic challenges.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on September 9, 2009
Funny, fun and educational. Homeschoolers and teachers could easy take this book and run with it giving their 3rd - 6th graders a real eye-opener on what it takes to create, build up and run a country while absorbing facts and advice that teach about government, elections and all things related to running a country.
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If it were being rated as a measuring stick on how dumbed down our youth is becoming, it would deserve 5 stars. The book is is full of propaganda and has a clear agenda, disguised as being cute and 'educational'.
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One of my favorite books to really teach kids the value of organization and what goes into developing a country.
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