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The Constitution of the United States of America Hardcover – August 31, 2010

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"An exquisitely designed version of this historic, revered document,  Sam Fink, a multi-talented artist and calligrapher, has brought the Constitution to life with his vibrant illustrations and sometimes ironic, interpretative captions that keep us laughing, sighing, and shedding tears of wonder at the foresight of the Constitution’s creators...A visually appealing book for the home or the classroom."
-San Francisco Book Review

"With calligraphy and illustration, Fink gives the Constitution a new look while emphasizing the founding principles of the United States as a nation. His work is meant as both a reference and a reminder of the rights that were fought for and are often taken for granted. He brings new life and relevance to every word, article, and clause in our nation’s greatest document. This edition, filled with depictions of flags, founding fathers, eagles, and even Uncle Sam, will arrive just in time for Constitution Day—which falls on September 17 annually."
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"Constitution Day...marks the anniversary of the document’s signing in 1787, after four months of strenuous debate in Philadelphia. Since 2004, public schools have been required to devote part of the day’s lessons to the Constitution—to its genesis, its implementation, and to its lasting significance.

"Teachers looking to enliven the proceedings might turn to the illustrator and calligrapher Sam Fink’s exuberant rendition, “The Constitution of the United States of America,”…the book contains every word of the Constitution, written in Fink's distinctive hand, along with boldly colored illustrations.

"Fink, who has also created illustrated versions of the Gettysburg Address and the Book of Exodus, is at once reverent and mischievous.  Throughout, we see his gentle but strongly-felt patriotism, along with flashes of humor."
-Ian Crouch, The New Yorker

"Although its purpose is obviously not to help you cram for a test, I daresay you might remember parts of the Constitution better from perusing this book than from a so-called study guide...something about the lovingly drawn calligraphy and the deeply inked drawings makes reading Article I that much more intense."
-Lisa Parsons, The Hippo

"...a lovely art and history reference, perfect for gift-giving or inclusion in any general history or arts holding."
- California Bookwatch

About the Author

Sam Fink is a multi-talented artist of inimitable range, who has entertained and educated both adults and children with vibrantly illustrated texts of American histroy for more than twenty years. His first project was The Constitution of the United States of America, done in pen and ink for Random House in 1987. This was followed by The Declaration of Independence: The Words That Made America (Scholastic). Most recently, Sam has produced the illustrated The Books of Exodus, The Gettysburg Address, and illustrated the accordion format Give It All, Give It Now by Annie Dillard for Welcome Books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620824
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a visually wonderful book. Sam Fink originally did a pen-and-ink version of this, which was later revised to be a full-colour version for Welcome Books. Apart from the briefest of commentary pieces, this is simply the text of the U.S. Constitution, from Preamble to Twenty-Seventh Amendment. Fink has done an engaging hand-inscribed version with illustrative artwork, sometimes symbolic and sometimes demonstrative. For example, for the Thirteen Amendment (the one passed in 1865 to abolish slavery), Fink's graphic shows strong chains being broken by a pair of shears that have been painted red, white and blue like the flag. For the Sixteenth Amendment (the 1913 amendment permitting general income taxes), Fink's drawing shows a man standing next to Uncle Sam, with Uncle Sam's hand reaching surreptitiously into the unsuspecting man's pocket.

Each section, article and amendment gets its own two-page or more spread, and in this nothing other than the bare text of the Constitution is included apart from the graphics and the very occasional historical notation. Fink has incorporated a dove motif into many of the graphics, in honour of the idea presented in Catherine Drinker Bowen's book, `Miracle at Philadelphia', that there were doves of peace that perched on the delegate's shoulders as they wrote the Constitution.

Fink includes a page on George Washington, full of quotable-quotes from others in history attesting to the significance of the man who was not only first president of the United States under this Constitution, but also president of the Constitutional Convention. Another page is devoted to Gouverneur Morris, who is credited with writing the Preamble.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David De Sousa on September 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
No words are needed to review this book. Simply put: Every American should have a copy at Home.

Based in the original pen and ink edition from Random House in 1987, this edition has been painted and illustrated entirely by Sam Fink, creating a beautifully crafted full color masterpiece.

This is the one book that we must read again and again to gain an intimate and complete knowledge of it. A book for the entire family and one that we must never forget.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Collier on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an elementary librarian, I have shared this magnificent book with elementary and high school teachers alike. Sam Fink has captured the true meaning of the United States Constitution and presented it in a format that is appealing to people of all ages.

I used this book as the basis for explaining the foundation of our government with my fifth grade students. As our children become increasingly visual learners, it is refreshing that such quality books are available. This helps them gain an in-depth understanding of how the United States was created and how we continue to adjust our constitution through the amendment process.

I have purchased four copies of this book and continue to give them as gifts to young and old alike.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book & Music Lover on March 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently spoke to group of young people regarding the Constitution of the United States, and I quoted a part of the Constitution which is vauge in difinetion, precisely one could not tell if this section of the Constitution came from the Bill of Rights. Of the thirteen young people I spoke with, none of them could quote anything from the Constitution.

The part of the Constitution I spoke of was the 13th Amendment, which deals with forced servitude. Each thought the Bill of Rights prohibited Slavery, but could not quite tell me anything about the Bill of Rights.

So sad that in our public schools our children are not learning anything about what makes America, "AMERICA". To think History is in the Bullseye of some school boards as a subject we can drop and not harm the value of the education our children receive.

Every household in America should have this book, and if our children are not being taught the principles of the Constitution in school, do so at home. A very good addition to every home library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Echard on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Katie is a Lawyer. She loves Constitutional Law. When she opened this book on Christmas Day we had to wait a long time before she was ready to open another present. She wanted to see the illustrations for several passages. She was also looking up things she was wondering about. She says she will give the book an honored place in her Law Library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi A. Elliott on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book for my classroom! The illustrations give great visual images to a document that should be important to every American. The symbolic representations for each Amendment are fun yet bold.

It also would be a great tabletop book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noles Mom on January 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book for my daughter, who is in law school as a birthday gift. I thought it would be an neat way for her to learn the Constitution and something she could always have for her office.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Phillips on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is FANTASTIC!!! Such a wonderful conversational piece and a great way for kids, of all ages, to read the Constitution! The illustrations are fantastic! An incredible buy!
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