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Title:
Know your rights! : a modern kid's guide to the American Constitution
ISBN:
9781454928546
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents:
Part one : The Constitution : an overview -- What does the Constitution do, anyway? -- Division of Power -- Part two : The Bill of Rights -- Changing the Constitution -- The first ten Amendments -- Part Three : More Amendments -- Amendments 11-27 : A cheat sheet -- A closer look -- Part four: what now? -- Wrapping up.
Summary:
What is the U.S. Constitution? And what is it saying, exactly? Without this super-important document, we wouldn't have the rights, privileges and freedoms we cherish today. But how does the Constitution affect YOU, and what exactly are YOUR rights? This book aims to answer those questions -- and many more! Follow along as we cover the basics of how the Constitution came together, how it set up the United States government, and how it has changed over time with the addition of the Bill of Rights and the amendments. After reading this book, you'll have a better understanding of your unalienable rights of life, liberty , and the pursuit of happiness! -- Back cover.
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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union . . . establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
A simple, unintimidating introduction to the US Constitution and the rights it grants every American citizen.
The American Constitution is one of the nation's most important documents--but what is it saying, exactly? This book helps children understand the answer to that question. In simple, accessible language, it describes how the Constitution was drafted and who the Founding Fathers were; provides a summary of all the articles, amendments, and the Bill of Rights; and explains why the document remains so relevant today.


Author Notes

Bestselling author and freelance writer Laura Barcella is author of Fight Like A Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed The World (Zest Books) and coauthor of Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating From the Most Popular Girl in New York City (Sterling). Popular will soon be available in multiple international editions and was acquired by ABC Signature as a scripted TV series. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times , the Washington Post , RollingStone.com, Marie Claire , VanityFair.com, Cosmopolitan , Esquire.com, the Village Voice , and more.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Barcella details the history, origins, and original purpose of the U.S. Constitution and discusses its continuing relevance. Chapters focus on the division of power among the branches of government, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments. Throughout, she provides handy recaps in graphs and charts, and sidebars introduce additional facts and invitations for critical thinking. Readers may be particularly intrigued by the "How Does This Affect Me?" sections, in which Barcella underscores the importance of learning about the Constitution: "If you're ever arrested and brought in for questioning, it is your right to plead the Fifth." References to court cases that have brought constitutional issues into focus round out a straightforward and valuable resource for fostering civic engagement. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.