Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
AMERICA: The Making of a Nation

AMERICA: The Making of a Nation

Fall 2008 Non-Fiction
Ages: All Ages
Author: Charlie Samuels
Record Label: LB Kids
ISBN: 0-316-03170-4
Hardcover Price: $19.99
Designed as the journal of a fictional "Charlie Samuels," each page offers up, usually in a collage format, recreations of souvenirs from an era: turn-of-the-century train tickets; World War Two recruiting posters; invitations to inaugural banquets from centuries past; instructions for making a five-pointed stars with "one snip of the scissors"; postcards; and numerous short, engaging paragraphs celebrating America's tall tales, politicians, landmark moments, and the history behind our most popular holidays and symbols. Among the many child-friendly manipulatives are a poster-sized recreation of the Declaration of Independence; a laminated two-dollar bill; a fold-out depiction of George Washington's first flag, later rejected by Betsy Ross in favor of her own creation; and an accordion-style songbook of patriotic songs. Beautifully designed and produced, America: The Making of a Nation is a special glimpse back into history, past and present.
Sam Hillers   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Sam Hillers is a former investment analyst turned teacher of English and history. In addition to his academic pursuits, he loves blues and soul music, racehorses, hot sauce, Asian markets, craft beer, YA fiction, and well-made toys. Whenever possible, he shares these passions with his three boys: Bo, Redding, and Mason.

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