Although the topics are nothing, ahem, revolutionary, these books do a good job of packing lots of information into a compact format. Moreover, it is nice to see these subjects truly written at the right level for primary-grade readers. Writing the U.S. Constitution successfully uses simple words to explain difficult concepts, such as the idea of a three-pronged government. It also captures just how frustrating the process was during that hot Philadelphia summer. The acrylic-paint-and-colored-pencil artwork is especially appealing—sturdy yet inviting. A time line, glossary, and short list of further sources are appended. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper
About the Author
Lori Mortensen is a multi-published children’s author who writes fiction and nonfiction on all sorts of subjects. When she’s not plunking away at the keyboard, she enjoys making cheesy bread rolls, gardening, and hanging out with her family at their home in northern California.