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. . . If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution Paperback – June 1, 1992


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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Updated edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590451596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590451598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-5 Levy presents the basic facts of the framing of the Constitution in a series of questions and answers. Background is provided in a very cursory explanation of the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and Shay's Rebellion. Although there is no index, readers will have little difficulty locating individual topics by skimming the boldly printed questions, which are arranged in a rough chronological sequence. Like Fritz' Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution (Putnam, 1987), Levy includes small bits of interesting social trivia to add appeal to the text. Fritz' book is the better of the two, but Levy's is a good second choice for this age group. The pen-and-ink drawings on each page are bland, and important details are occasionally lost in the gutter. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth Levy was born on April 4, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y. She earned a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Brown University, and a M.A.T. from Columbia University. Before writing full-time, she worked as an editor and researcher in a news department at American Broadcasting Co. and was an assistant editor at a publishing company. Her books cover a wide range of reading levels and subject matter. While Levy obviously writes her books to instruct children, she also says she writes on subjects in which she is greatly interested. Levy is a member of the Authors Guild, Authors League of America, Writers of America, and PEN.

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 120 children's books. She lives in Raleigh, N.C.

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We are using this book as part of our homeschooling curriculum.
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There is a lot of information in this book, and my kids were very young, so keeping it short was important.
Jen
This book is a very good complement to your American history studies, and I would recommend it!
Darlene

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Becki Uccello on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
"They Signed the Constitution" by Elizabeth Levy has become an excellent resource for me to use in the classroom. I teach 7th grade social studies, and we spend 1 quarter of the year on government. My colleague and I have used most of this book for the past 3 years to supplement the rest of the material we use. We have also created a worksheet to be used with it. Students take turns reading aloud in class from this book. They find it easy to read and easy to understand, definitely not the dry textbook we're used to reading! I recommend this book for elementary and junior high teachers teaching government, as well as students looking for an easy way to understand part of our early American history.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. McMahon on October 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was a great book. It provided both facts and interesting tibits about the founders. I used it as a resource in my 5th grade inclusion social studies class and they found it both useful and informative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robyn463 on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
We are using this book as part of our homeschooling curriculum. My 8 year old son loves the book. We have been reading and discussing about 10 pages each day and he always wants to keep going. The book is written in a way that is simple enough for my 3rd grader, yet it doesn't feel "dumbed down". Every 1 to 2 pages has a subheading in the form of a question such as "How well did Congress work under the Articles of Confederation?" and "How are laws passed?". These questions help generate interest for what is coming up next.
My son really liked the section that told about who several of the key delegates were such as Ben Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, etc. The book tries to show you their personality, not just facts about their lives.
I would definitely recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this non-fiction history book aloud to my children.

This children's book provides a really good overview of the events leading up to the formation of the Constitution, the process by which it was written and signed, and some background information about important historical figures including Ben Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, William Paterson, Roger Sherman, and Luther Martin.

My children and I really enjoyed this book. The language is appropriate for young listeners, and the book provided just enough information in small bites without being too overwhelming. What we found most interesting were the amendments that were added to the Constitution and how they had an impact on the lives of Americans. For example, before the 13th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1865, it was legal to own slaves.

Joan Holub's illustrations are bright and colourful, and they are featured on nearly every page. It was very interesting for my kids to see how people looked and dressed during that time period.

Overall, I am very impressed with this series and will be looking for more of them to add to our collection. This book is a very good complement to your American history studies, and I would recommend it! The series is marketed as appropriate for Grades 3-5.

MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was very good, and we would recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on October 11, 2009
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This resource is supposed to be for children, but I find it accessible information for adults--easy to see, to read, to access the historical info. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renée Butcher on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Written in easy to understand, age appropriate language, Elizabeth Levy offers a great overview to the writing of the Constitution, putting into context such ideas as the original "Federal Convention," and the two sides of the Constitutional debate. Some may argue that the book is light on details, but Levy has done an excellent job of focusing on who her audience really is, offering social trivia that grabs the attention of her young readers as she draws them toward the more meaty, albeit arguably less compelling, matters of Constitutional construction. For example, she provides interesting character sketches on many of the delegates, including both famous names, like Alexander Hamilton (who was known to have a "graceful turn of the leg"), and lesser known names like William Patterson and Luther Martin. Topics are easily discerned - defined by bold headlines and arranged chronologically, and the text throughout is supported by colorful pen-and-ink drawings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
My children liked to listen while I read this book because it is written in an engaging way. We read two of the sections under bold titles a day to keep it short. There is a lot of information in this book, and my kids were very young, so keeping it short was important. Older children would be able to do more pages a day.
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