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Writing the U.S. Constitution (Our American Story) Library Binding – July 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Series: Our American Story
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404855408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404855403
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,301,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children's book author of more than 70 books and over 350 stories and articles. Recent titles include "Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg," (Clarion, 2013) one of Amazon's best picture books of 2013, "Cindy Moo" (HarperCollins, 2012), "Come See the Earth Turn - The Story of Léon Foucault" (Random House, 2010), a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2010, and "In the Trees Honey Bees!" (Dawn, 2009) a 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book K-12 Winner. Upcoming titles include "Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range" (Clarion 2016), "Mousequerade Ball" (Bloomsbury, 2016), and "Chicken Lily" (Henry Holt, 2016). When she's not removing her cat from her keyboard, she's working on all sorts of new projects filled with extraordinary people and quirky characters that delight her writing soul. Lori lives in Northern California with her family. To learn more about her, visit her website at www.lorimortensen.com.

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Format: Library Binding
After the Revolutionary War it was time for its new leadership to write "its own set of rules." Independence from the British had been won, but by 1783 it was time to create a strong government to lead the thirteen states. Each state had their own way of doing things, but unity was important to launch the nation forward. It was so chaotic that "some people said the United States was like a monster with 13 heads!" In 1787 the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia. Each state was invited to send its leaders, but not every state did.

George Washington and James Madison were among those who attended. The meeting was private, one that was behind closed doors and was closely guarded. There was a lot of discussion and lot of arguing during this meeting, yet they persevered because they wanted the best for the nation. In this book you will learn about the "Virginia Plan," how this plan worked, how the leaders compromised, you'll learn what happened when some men gave up and went home, how their plan finally came together to form the three branches of government, you'll learn about the Constitution, and how it finally was approved.

This is a nice, clearly written book about how our leaders came to write the U.S. Constitution. The young reader will easily learn to understand the process and problems involved in not only the writing of the Constitution, but also a bit about the early leadership in the country. This book could easily lend itself to being a stepping stone for a school report. The artwork is well done and meshes well with this story. This is one of four in the "Our American Story" series. In the back of the book there is a glossary, a timeline, and additional book and Internet sites to explore (FactHound).
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