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AMERICA: The Making of a Nation Library Binding – September 1, 2008
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Grade 3–6—This volume walks in the footsteps of the popular "ology books" (Candlewick), but its construction is more suited to libraries, with most pieces glued down, rather than fully removable. With many bright graphics, colorful foldout flaps, and interesting trivia, the book will appeal to teachers and students alike. It includes a range of facts from the common (Declaration of Independence's signers and our national symbols) to the often-neglected (the significance of songs such as "Oh, Shenandoah," and "Ol' Man River"). Even the time line is done with an interesting twist, imagining the lifespan of our nation represented in the rings of an old tree. Well-written, well-researched, and interestingly laid out, this book is sure to be a hit.—Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA
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Charlie Samuels has written many books about American and world history for young readers.
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Although the United States of America did not begin as a country and a nation just with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it can be said that it was a pivotal moment in our history.
As Calvin Coolidge noted, "To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race." Especially now, with the inauguration of a new US President only days past, AMERICA: THE MAKING OF A NATION is a wonderful reminder as to how our great nation came about.
This wonderful tome is filled with information that any US history buff would be proud to read about: how The Star-Spangled Banner came to be written, the making of the flag, information on "Uncle Sam," the creation of Mount Rushmore, and much, much more.
The book even includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which would make it valuable to a personal or classroom library on its own. But add in all of the wonderful timelines, lift-the-flap information, and amazing facts just waiting to be discovered, and this is one book on American History that kids will want to read on their own, without having to be forced to do so by their teachers!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"