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Creating the Constitution, 1787
Collier, Christopher, 1930-
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Examines the events and personalities involved in creating the Constitution of the United States in 1787, a document which has been the foundation of American democracy for over 200 years.
Reading Level:
1120 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.9 3.0 18106.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9 6 Quiz: 18215 Guided reading level: NR.
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Compelling Series by Two Newbery Honor Winning Authors Who Demonstrate How Dramatic History can be by Focusing on Key Historical and Political Events a Well as Sociological Issues.

Author Notes

Christopher Collins is a writer of historical novels for children.

Collier has taught at both the University of Bridgeport and the University of Connecticut. He has also served as Connecticut's State Historian.

The violence and profanity in Collier's works is very controversial, rendering them banned from reading curriculums in certain schools. Despite the controversy, Collier's book My Brother Sam is Dead won a Newberry Honor in 1975. He has also written War Comes to Willie Freeman, and The Literature of Connecticut History and Roger Sherman's Connecticut for adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. The second set of five volumes in the Drama of American History series are well-written books that take up the nation's story in 1787 and end in 1850. Creating the Constitution describes the background and significance of the document as well as the difficulties and compromises of the framers. Building a New Nation shows how the Federalists began to translate the principles of the Constitution into a practical guide for guiding the young nation. Jeffersonian Republicans includes the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson's America describes a period of great change in America, from the Industrial Revolution to the Trail of Tears. Hispanic America concerns the history of Europeans in the Southwest, the creation of Hispanic culture in the region, the notion of manifest destiny, the Mexican War, and the settling of California. Like the earlier books in this excellent series, each volume offers readers a clear, concise picture of American history within a limited time frame. Most spreads are brightened by at least one illustration, a painting or print from the period, a photo of a site or artifact, or a map. Useful for school reports and surprisingly readable, this engaging series will be a welcome addition to school and public libraries. --Carolyn Phelan

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