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If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

by Elizabeth Levy

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Series: If you... (1787)

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If you were there when they signed the Constitution you would see--Why the Constitution is called a miracle.--The first big argument.--What was missing from the Constitution.This books takes you behind the locked doors of Philadelphia's State House during the history-making summer of 1787. You will meet the key delegates and find out what is going on.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
I liked this book because it gives children the sense of how/why these important decisions were being made. The language in this book is informative but can still be understood by young readers. It introduces academic language relevant to this time period and that is necessary for students to learn. This book pushes readers to think about what life was like during this time period and why the constitution was made. The purpose of this book was to give children a brief understanding of what the constitution is and why it was made. ( )
  agaski3 | Apr 2, 2015 |
In this historical children's book, it talks about how it would be if you were in the Philadelphia's State House during the summer of 1787 signing the Constitution. It talks about all of the key delegates and their input in the process.

This children's book is very informative and you truly do learn a lot about not only the constitution but the people involved in the signing as well. The concept is fairly advanced yet the language used in the book is written on a children's reading level. Very appropriate for middle to higher elementary school students. ( )
  mnorth2 | Dec 9, 2014 |
A little dry, but if read in the right tones I'm sure some kids could get into it. It's a Q&A style book. It's 80 pages, and so way too long for your kids to sit through in one read aloud session. It'd be a great supplement for a social studies class. It's broken down into key questions. It could be referenced at many times in the year. ( )
  sapphireblueeye | Jul 10, 2012 |
By including interesting historical details, author Elizabeth Levy really does allow the reader to think they were right there in Philadelphia watching the Constitution being written. Did you know that in order to keep the proceedings secret, the delegates nailed the windows shut even though it had been the hottest summer in years? Did you know that an ailing Benjamin Franklin was carried to the Convention by four convicts hired for the day? Besides sharing tidbits such as these, the author also discusses historical events which led up to the Convention, mini biographies of all the delegates, and the reasoning behind the development of the three branches of government. By skillfully combining clear, interesting factual information with humor, Levy made something as politically complex as the Constitution accessible to all readers. ( )
  odonnell | Sep 12, 2010 |
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Elizabeth Levyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Holub, JoanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenblum, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590451596, Paperback)

If you were there when they signed the Constitution you would see
--Why the Constitution is called a miracle.
--The first big argument.
--What was missing from the Constitution.

This books takes you behind the locked doors of Philadelphia's State House during the history-making summer of 1787. You will meet the key delegates and find out what is going on.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:43 -0400)

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Explains the developments leading up to the writing of the Constitution, what the Constitution is, and what happened during the Constitutional Convention.

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