Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney and illustrated by Greg Harlin

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Four paw prints. Most people know that on July 4th, 1776 the American Colonies declared their independence from Britain. Most people know this led to a long war between the American Colonists and the British and that the British expected to win. Most people know that in October 1781 the Colonists did beat the British and the American Colonies were finally free from British rule. What most people don’t know is that even though the American Colonists won, they still weren’t a country. This book very carefully tries to explain how the Colonies became a country and how the country tried to make government fair for everyone (even if it didn’t always succeed). In the process, a student learns why decisions were made, even if by modern standards these decisions would be unacceptable. The best part of this book is the quotes. On every page there is a quote by a different famous person who was somehow connected with the Constitution. Though some of the concepts may be difficult for some students to understand, with an adults’ help a student can learn a lot about where our country was and where it is today. To learn more about the United States Constitution please visit
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