Sunday, January 13, 2008

The U.S. Constitution, by Norman Pearl

This is a good treatment of a difficult subject for the very young. The pictures are appealing and every effort is made to make the ideas and vocabulary accessible to younger children. Students are introduced to the father of the American Constitution, James Madison, they see Benjamin Franklin, and they learn about the Constitutional Convention and the parts of the Constitution. The pictures, although conveying abstract ideas, read well across a room. This is a good title to add to Catrow's We The Kids (K-3), Krull's A Kid's Guide to America's Bill of Rights (K-3), Maestro's A More Perfect Union (2-4), Fritz's Shh! We're Writing the Constitution (2-5), and Sobel's The U.S. Constitution and You (3-5).
Grades K-3

1 comment:

Karen Gavigan said...

Second. A simplified introduction to an important topic in U.S. History. The wood-like drawings will appeal to children and the text is easy for them to follow. Nice glossary and bibliography / webliography at the end to supplement the text. Others in the American Symbols series include: The Great Seal of the U.S., Our American Flag, Our National Anthem, The Status of Liberty, and The White House.