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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310734215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310734215
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-Turner's peppy writing style will keep teens hooked long enough to understand-and possibly even enjoy learning about-the U.S. Constitution. Each article is broken down into sections, then translated into lay terms and given historical context and significance. All of them are accompanied by primary-source quotes (and Turner's interpretation of their meanings), fun facts, comparisons with the Articles of Confederation and British laws, and, most importantly, reasons that teens should care about and become engaged in the Constitutional process. Unfortunately, gross inaccuracies are evident on numerous occasions. Most striking is the insistence that the Constitution-and the entire system of government-was founded on Christian principles. Mentions of Christianity are also incongruously located in the section about weights and measures, the Emoluments Clause, and the establishment of the Treasury. There is also a distinct negativity to mentions of President Obama's track record, including his time living overseas, the 2011 NATO airstrike on Libya, and his refusal to back the Defense of Marriage Act (although his social-media presence does get a positive nod). While Turner is entitled to her political opinion, modern partisanship in either direction does not belong in a children's book about the foundation of the country.-Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Juliette Turner is an honor student, singer, dancer and the National Youth Director for Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress and radio talk show host, Janine Turner, on their Texas ranch caring for their herd of twenty-five longhorn cows, six dogs, pony, AB; and cats, Sparkle and Meow.  

 

 


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Juliette Turner, sixteen years old, is the author of "Our Constitution Rocks" and "Our Presidents Rock" endorsed by Donald Rumsfeld, Newt Gingrich, and Jack Quinn. She lives on a ranch with her mother, Janine Turner, with her 6 dogs, 2 cats, 24 longhorns, and pony.

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This book is written well, for easy reading.
R. Price
I have really wanted to better understand the constitution, and this will be a great book to help me do that.
K. Tripp
Really enjoyed reading it, can't wait to share it with my students.
Penelope Jones

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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I purchased this awesome book as a gift for a teacher friend, and I'm glad I made the right decision. 'Our Constitution Rocks' is the first easy-to-read, interesting, and enjoyable book that I've seen for ages 8 and up. Through the last 20 years and even before that, I remember searching-and-searching for a book about the Constitution that would pique the interest of my daughters and grab their attention, and it wasn't an easy task back then. I wish this was published when they were in elementary school, but it's a Great advantage for today's children. Youth Advocate, Juliette Turner delivers an easy-to-read presentation on information about the Constitution, how it changed history, facts about our Founding Fathers, and much more. In addition, the author creates a unique portrait of our Great nation, making history interesting for a new generation, and reminds us about freedom of speech as she portrays the importance of Freedom. Enjoyable with illustrations, clear, and simple. This gem belongs on the shelves of school libraries and in the classroom!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Jones on September 7, 2012
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Purchased this book for my Business & Personal Law class. It's the absolute BEST book I've seen to learn about the Constitution. Easy to read, great illustrations. Really enjoyed reading it, can't wait to share it with my students.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Tripp on September 22, 2012
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I am so impressed with this book, and the author! I had a chance to meet her and hear her story of writing this book. I was so impressed that I immediately ordered it. I have really wanted to better understand the constitution, and this will be a great book to help me do that. It is written for a teen audience, but my younger kids also are learning from it. I am a homeschool mom and I am so happy to have found this wonderful resource. I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand more about our country, the constitution, and the founding fathers. She did and incredible job putting this together in a format that is fun and easy to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janice K Hurst on January 3, 2013
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If you want your children to learn the meaning and value of the Constitution, this is a must for their library. I bought one for each of my grand children. They are not going to learn this in public schools.
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I love sharing positive insightful things about the constitution. This book will help me teach my grandchildren the importance of upholding our Constitution!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Stapleton on March 7, 2013
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This year instead of toys we got our niece and nephews educational books. I was a little nervous, but thrilled when it turned out they loved the books. Apparently they were learning about this anyways :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fox on March 7, 2013
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Good Stuff for the GrandKids. Good education so the little ones grow-up knowing how important our Constitution is every day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carole A Wothe on February 17, 2013
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This is a fairly comprehensive children's book about the why and what's of the United States Constitution. Although it is a childrens' book, it contains information appropriate for adults, too.
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