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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (January 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158980676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589806764
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—Using an alphabetic format, Osornio provides a basic chronological overview of events surrounding the issuance of the Declaration of Independence. Unfamiliar terms are defined within the entries. The illustrations vary between large-scale spreads and smaller individual pictures. The design unpredictability holds readers' interest and allows letters to correspond more closely to the images. Accurate historical details in the paintings help illuminate the period. Unfortunately, there are some problems. Pictorial focal points, such as the map of the 13 colonies and John Hancock's signature, are sometimes lost in the gutter, and text placed over dark picture areas is difficult to read. No sources, bibliography, or index are included, which limits the book's use for research. The complete text of the Declaration is not included, either. As part of a class study, the book could be used to introduce the topic, to supplement more straightforward texts, or as a writing or research prompt.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Stunning. Educational. Inspiring. Every American-especially students, teachers, librarians, and parents-should have this book!"
-Nancy I. Sanders, author of America's Black Founders

"Accurate historical details in the paintings help illuminate the period."
-School Library Journal

"The easiest way to teach American history since 1776."
-Midwest Book Review

From the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776, this comprehensive alphabet book chronologically follows the citizens of the thirteen colonies and their fight for representation. Ruled from afar by King George III of England, the colonists rebelled against his tyranny to declare a new nation.
Through historical descriptions, character profiles, and engaging artwork, young readers will learn how America achieved its freedom. As the Americans march toward liberty, author Catherine L. Osornio guides children through C is for Continental Congress, which was formed to defend the rights of the colonists, to R is for Revolution, which brought about a change in government. The ringing of bells and the blasting of cannons accompany the Declaration's completion as the citizens of America announce their right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Catherine L. Osornio, a literacy advocate, assisted in developing a reading program for Downey Child Care Center, targeting second through sixth graders. She has written more than sixty short stories for the program. Actively involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Osornio has contributed articles to Clubhouse Jr. and Discovery Years, both Focus on the Family publications, and was a contributing columnist for crossmap.com.

A professional artist, Layne Johnson has created art for more than a dozen children's books, several of which have earned him honors and awards. To add authenticity to the paintings featured in The Declaration of Independence from A to Z, Johnson visited historical sites in Philadelphia, including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center, and Carpenters' Hall. Johnson is also the illustrator of Pelican's Voices of Pearl Harbor.

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"The Declaration of Independence from A to Z" is the perfect Fourth of July primer for preschoolers and elementary age children. It is the easiest way to teach American history since 1776. "A is for America," of course, and "B is for Boston Tea Party, C is for Continental Congress," these are all givens and basics in Revolutionary history. But did you know "T is for Timothy Matlack," the assistant to Secretary Charles Thomson, who carefully copied the Declaration of Independence? How about "G is for grievances," or "O is for oath," or "M is for Majority?" There are a few surprises or well kept secrets even at the heart of America's Revolutionary past that come to light in "The Declaration of Independence from A to Z." the pageantry of history is well portrayed in full color two page paintings throughout this amazing alphabet American history primer. "The Declaration of Independence from A to Z" is bound to make a splash of fireworks wherever it lands, in libraries, schools, and private homes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy I. Sanders on February 5, 2010
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From A to Z, this book sings with the spirit that motivated our nation's founding fathers and mothers to be the forerunners of freedom that they were. The history of how the Declaration of Independence was written is presented from A to Z and also in chronological order, so it's perfect for young Americans to follow. The text is powerful and inspirational for kids as well as parents, teachers, and librarians. Plus, the artwork is superb. A perfect addition to a classroom library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on July 5, 2012
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This is a very good book that gently leads a child through the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. My 3 grands, 6,10,11, each picked it up from the table and spent time with it. I would not have thought to give it to the older children, but they enjoyed the youngest's copy. Every elementary library should have it on it's shelf.
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A wonderful book when teaching about the Constitution to youngsters.
The pictures are outstanding and the colors are beautiful. Great job!
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