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Constitution Translated for Kids [Hardcover]

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Presents a sentence-by-sentence interpretation of the U.S. Constitution for elementary school students, with the first half of the work arranged with the original wording in the left column and a translation in simple language on the right.

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Pages   99
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 11"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Synergy Books
ISBN  1933538015  
ISBN13  9781933538013  

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More About Cathy Travis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cathy Travis worked on Capitol Hill for 25 years as a communications director, senior advisor and political consultant for various Members of Congress until her early retirement. A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Travis graduated from Arkansas State University and resides in Washington, D.C. Her first book, the award-winning Constitution Translated for Kids, was hailed by partisans in all major political parties as an even-handed, non-ideological rendition of the founding U.S. document. Travis herself has been a registered Independent for over a decade. Since 2008, she has been writing books full time, publishing: TARGET SITTING, REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE, and ELECTED.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Science > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Reference & Nonfiction > Politics & Government

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Constitution Translated for Kids  Mar 22, 2007
I teach middle school Civics. When I heard Cathy Travis' interview on NPR, I ordered the book for my classes that were studying the Constitution. The students loved the book's explanations.
Excellent- must have  Jan 19, 2007
This excellent and easy to comprehend book is a MUST if you're learning or teaching the constitution. The pages are split down the middle. On the left are the words of the constitution, on the right is a reworded translation for children to easily understand the verbage without changing it's meaning. It is very clear, consise, and NON-INTIMIDATING! After struggling to create an interest in learning the constitution with my 3 homeschooled children ages 9-13, this has been what causes them to proclain History to be their favorite subject. I recommend this book.
All these types of books are long overdue.  Nov 25, 2006
Thank goodness there are now authors who appreciate the younger audiences. If kids are exposed to our founding documents early in their academic grades, they will appreciate history more fully as they progress. I wish this book would have been available when I was younger. Buy this and another of my recommendations for students: "The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine; An Interactive Adaptation for All Ages" here on this site. I have given copies of both these titles to my brother and extended family, and even donated copies to the local elementary and middle school.
Importance of a thorough knowledge of the America  Aug 24, 2006
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (8/06)

Have you ever wondered why or what certain amendments mean? The title "Constitution Translated for Kids", says it all. This wonderfully written book takes what the constitution says and makes it easier to understand. Cathy Travis has done a superb job.

"The Constitution endures, through each President and each Congress. Elected officials are with us for a term but the Constitution is the foundation of all the laws in our country. No document supersedes the Constitution. Few people truly understand that fact. The language of the time this precious document was written makes it difficult to understand."

"This document created the most successful system of government known to people in the last two centuries, despite the human frailties of office holders and citizens...despite their emotions, doubts, fears, greed, anger, indecision or bad decisions from time to time. The enduring magic of the Constitution is in the ideas this nation represents. Our independence was forged in the belief that our common pursuit of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness would successfully govern a nation for the ages. The Constitution enshrines this philosophy."

Ms Travis has included a glossary of terms in the back of this book. On one side of the page are the actual words of the constitution on the other side is the Constitution in words that are easier to understand. A timeline is included in the front of the book. Through out the book there are Fast Facts, interesting facts about the Constitution.

This book was written for children however; it would be appropriate for adults also. Too many times we hear people attempting to quote or interpret the Constitution without knowing what it truly says or means.

From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. This is a must for school libraries and classrooms. Thank you Ms Travis for educating us to what the U.S. Constitution means.
Don't leave this book for just the grade school students to enjoy!!  Aug 9, 2006
Author Cathy Travis prefaces her large-format hardcover with a message to parents and teachers about her reasons for writing this book--to demonstrate how the Constitution affects modern political events. The preface to kids encourages young readers to help show adults what the Constitution actually says.

As a twenty-something with a dual degree in engineering and economics, I consider myself fairly well-versed in politics and history, but I learned a lot in just the first few pages of this book. From the introductory timeline, I read that 1776 was just the start of a "bloody, devastating war for independence [which lasted] for seven years." Had I been asked, I would have been unable to fill in most of this timeline. I don't remember "bloody" and "devastating" being covered in my 5th grade American history education, nor would I have put the war at nearly a decade! My memory of history class was that we Americans were moral and right and had no choice but to do the right thing. Plus, now I can impress my friends with the fact that, "The U.S. Constitution is the shortest, and oldest Constitution, of any government in the world."

The bulk of the book is a two-column presentation of the Constitution with the original text on the left and a modern, 5th grade reading-level translation on the right. Forget the schoolkids for a moment--every adult needs to take a few moments to read this book and get familiar with both the original document and the last two centuries of amendments to what was always intended to be a living document.

The book concludes with coverage of the branches of the U.S. government and a comprehensive glossary. While the text is non-partisan overall, Travis does a service to readers both young and old with a final chapter that provides the historical context for each of the amendments. Another concluding chapter is a detailed examination of some of the proposed amendments, complete with arguments for and against each one.

Don't leave this book for just the grade school students to enjoy!!

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