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A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution Paperback – April 8, 2008
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Most useful as the earliest introduction available to the Constitution.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A good job of showing today’s children how this extraordinary document was created.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
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Many of the delegates were late to the convention. The book spends a total of four pages, two two-page spreads, on the late start. Is it so important?
George Washington was chosen as the leader of the convention. James Madison, according to the book, offered to write down everything that happened. The rest of the story continues on in the same rather uninteresting way.
The book recites the very basic facts of the summer of 1787 and the beginning job of putting the Constitution to work, such as electing a president. If a child needs an introduction to the writing of the Constitution, this would serve except that it's dull. There's no clash of personalities. Only the broadest clash of ideas is presented in the argument made by small states about how they are represented in Congress. The book doesn't even mention how the argument was resolved.
The illustrations don't add to or subtract from the book. They are simply present. And basically, the book has the same relationship to the events of the summer of 1787. It doesn't try to make the event's exciting, nor does it try to make them dull, it is simply present.
The last few pages contain "Additional Information about the Constitution." These are more valuable than the book itself. There's a summary of the Articles of the Constitution, and a summary of the Amendments to the Constitution. Plus "Notes on the Connecticut Compromise and "Interesting Facts about the Convention and the Delegates." These few pages make the book a great reference in a classroom learning about the Constitution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for 1st through 3rd grade. I have a 4th and 6th grader and its way too simple for them. Cute book though and youngers should enjoy it.Published 20 days ago by Cozette Brown
This really irks me. They weren't 13 states, they were 13 colonies. There was no nation for a person (not a president) to lead, it was 13 colonies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sun-ah
The Maestro's do a fantastic job teaching the story of the Constitution through children's literature. Information is presented in manageable easy to understand pieces. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Zalika Hadiya
A little more in-depth than I was expecting, but it will work when my little one is a bit older.Published 18 months ago by Janne Gaub
This little book is packed with information. The book can be used with students third grade and higher with some reinforcement of new vocabulary.Published 20 months ago by Donna Jaenicke
Our local DAR chapter is giving this to the elementary school. Hopefully, they will find it interesting and educational.Published 21 months ago by Marilyn B. Wade
Good subject matter, easy to read, great book to donate to our local children's library.Published 23 months ago by Grama S