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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954187
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 3–5—In clear, cogent prose, Cheney lays out the tumultuous situation of the country at the end of the Revolutionary War. She moves on to the gathering of the representatives at the convention and colorfully describes the various issues and arguments that had to be resolved before the Constitution could be written. The vocabulary is rich, and the author incorporates fascinating details about the personalities who undertook this monumental task. The text is placed on clean white space on a quarter of each spread, with a quote from one of the historical figures at the bottom. The remaining three quarters of the spread is given to Harlin's impressive artwork, described as being done in "various water media." The sweep of these realistic paintings across the pages highlights the drama of each situation, and the artist makes remarkable use of perspective, making readers feel as though they are part of the actual scene. A delight for history buffs, perfect for reports, and a good read in general, this well-researched offering should be a first purchase for most libraries.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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About the Author

Lynne Cheney's most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Greg Harlin is an acclaimed artist and illustrator. His books for children include Dangerous Crossing, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, Mississippi, and Hanukkah at Valley Forge, winner of the 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Award. He has spent much of his twenty-eight working years recreating history through his paintings. His work has appeared in many national periodicals, including National Geographic, National Park Service publications, and Kids Discover magazine, and has received award recognition from the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, among other entities. Mr. Harlin lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

More About the Author

Lynne Cheney's most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Customer Reviews

The book is well written and beautifully illustrated.
SMITH
I've read it to our 8 and 6 yr old boys a couple of times...they loved the illustrations.
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I love the book for myself, children,grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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122 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Dean Wilkerson on September 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe that people would rate Mrs. Cheney's book based on their political views. That's simply disgraceful and they should be ashamed!

This book is a wonderful version of how our Constitution came to be that is suitable for children. It's time we get back to teaching our children the wonderful history of the United States. Just listen to one interview with Mrs. Cheney and you will understand how knowledgeable she is about US history and how much she loves this country. It seems she is commited to doing something positive for children.

Oh, and the illustrations in this book are wonderful!

Dean Wilkerson
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By S. Jordan on September 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just bought this book yesterday and read it last night to my third grader. The illustrations are outstanding. Our family made a trip to Philadelphia over the summer and visited Independence Hall. What I enjoyed so much about this book is that it made the days of the drafting of the constitution come to life. Our sons had heard the narrator at Independence Hall tell the story of those days, but to see it on paper with the illustrations of Benjamin Franklin, John Madison, and George Washington, my 8 yr old understood it more clearly. He immediately recognized the chair that Benjamin Franklin had commented on at the end of the book as being a "Rising Sun" for America. For the ability it gave my son to see on paper the very rooms we visited on our trip and hear the story of the birth of our country make me want to recommend it to any parent with school aged children. It is very educational. My one con about the book is that in the effort to make it understandable to most, it is not a book I would recommend for very young children. It did not hold the attention of my four year old. However, it is a book that I will keep and use as a resource for both of my sons and continue to pull it off our shelves and read it to them to instill in them an appreciation of our forefathers and the struggles they went through framing this young nation.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By History Buff on September 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big fan of all of Lynne Cheney's books for children, and this is no exception. Our children need to understand that the Constitution was no accident, nor was it easy, but was the product of the hard work and sacrifice. The illustrations are beautiful, and will keep children's attention as they learn the history of our Founding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has children who enjoy history, or who wants to help foster their kid's appreciation for history.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jimdon on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While we basically enjoyed the book, there is one serious omission that would make the book better - there should be a copy of the Constitution in the book. A copy of the Constitution would tie it all together.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on December 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for teaching social studies. I teach ESOL students in middle school (English to speakers of other languages) and find that teaching the story of the development of the constitution can be confusing and boring. I've even had confusion over it and have only learned it better from having to teach it year after year. This book by Lynne Cheney still had information to share with me. It's wonderful. The reading level is just right for my students and the picture book format is really helpful. The writing is clear and interesting and I think the students will not be bored listening to the book or reading it with me. The development of the constitution is one of the most important times in our history but it isn't a clear concise story. A war is more tangible and comprehensible than a room with a group of famous concerned men. Lynne Cheney helps tell this wonderful tale beautifully. My only complaint would be that she failed to include how the Bill of Rights came to be. That story may need a book in itself!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. Zeller on September 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you need a reminder of why we have the ability for such polarized elections, allow people to shout inappropriate remarks about our elected officials or permit mud slinging so vicious we can't wait until the November election; Mrs. Cheney's "We the People" is what we all need to read.

Although a children's book, this book is a great history lesson for all ages to realize the difficulties our nation faced in its infancy. This non-partisan read is for people on either side of the aisle. Highly recommended for great learning with your children, grandchildren and even your spouse!
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Adryenn Ashley VINE VOICE on September 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book isn't just for kids. Everyday we are faced with issues related to our liberty, and the potential restriction of it. This book beautifully exposes the process our founding fathers endured to give us our most precious gift.

As the author of Every Single Girl's Guide To Her Future Husband's Last Divorce I go over many issues facing divorcing families that directly relate to Constitutional Issues. For every child, We The People is a must read!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Soccer Mom on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. I've already read it with my granddaughter, who loved the story and the beautiful illustrations. And I love being able to teach her about our great country. Plus I learned a lot myself. Lynne Cheney is a wonderful story-teller, and I highly recommend this book.
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