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Child Labor
Kaye Stearman
0739868489
Aug 2003
Hardcover
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The Constitution of the United States of America: The Amendments, The Articles of Confederation, The Declaration of Independence
Barnes & Noble
0760779422
October 2005
Hardcover
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For Every Child
Caroline Castle
0803726503
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Published in association with UNICEF, this book presents 14 of the 54 principles adopted at the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and pairs each with illustrations by an international cast of all-stars. On the first spread, text beginning with "Whoever we are, wherever we live, these rights belong to all children under the sun and the moon and the stars" accompanies Rachel Isadora's picture of a multicultural lineup of children. Rendered in black and white, the children each hold an instrument in their hands, and above their heads hovers the "music"Aa brightly colored array of abstract shapes. On the next page, Henriette Sauvant supplies a surreal oil painting for "Understand that all children are precious...." Also represented are Babette Cole, with a sprightly watercolor and pastel composition...


Many Children Left behind: How the No Child Left behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools
Deborah Meier (Editor)
0807004596
September 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this slim but impassioned manifesto, the founding members of an education think tank argue that the controversial and underfunded No Child Left Behind Act, as currently implemented, is "more likely to undermine…the nation's public education system than to improve it." The first section delineates the "baffling" and unfortunate consequences (e.g., cutting kindergarten nap time and middle school recess) of needing more time to prepare for mandated high-stakes tests. The second section looks outside the classroom at gaps in school spending, public involvement (participation on school boards has dropped from one citizen in 500 to one in 20,000) and student health (black children in Detroit, for example, are 16 times more likely to be overexposed to lead than are their white counterparts). As Alfie Kohn...


Child Labor
Kaye Stearman
1410903389
Oct 2003
Paperback
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The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours
Marian Wright Edelman
0060975466
May 1993
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To help parents chart a course for their children based on traditional values--self-reliance, family, hard work, justice, the pursuit of knowledge and of brotherhood--Edelman, founder and president of the Childrens Defense Fund, effectively recounts her experience and vision in essays variously addressed to her own children, to all children and to parents. Edelman, who grew up in the segregated South and was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi bar, recalls the community of her childhood where one child's accomplishments gave joy to all, where neighbors took care of each other and where parents instilled a sense of responsibility in their offspring. In the introduction the author's son Jonah examines the value and pressure of being raised by an African American mother and a Jewish father. 40,000...


All God's Children
Fox Butterfield
0380728621
November 1996
Paperback
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Amazon.com
Willie Bosket was charming, magnetic, and brilliant. He was also the most cold-blooded criminal the New York State penal system had ever seen. By the time he was in his teens, he had committed over two hundred armed robberies and twenty-five stabbings. Fox Butterfield examines the heritage of violence that followed Bosket's family from their days in slavery in South Carolina to the present. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Through the history of an African American family, from slavery in South Carolina to its dissolution in contemporary Harlem, journalist Butterfield probes at the root causes of the cycle of violence. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide
Caroline Kennedy (Introduction)
0195304438
August 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Affordable, readable, and indispensable,The United States Constitution: What it Says, What it Means allows you to put the most important document in American history in your back pocket. In conjunction with Justice Learning and The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and with an
introduction written by Caroline Kennedy and an afterword written by David Eisenhower this pocket guide appeals to the broadest possible audience. Each Article and each Amendment is followed by a clear and concise explanation, in plain English, that is suitable for both middle and high school
students.

On December 8, 2004 President Bush officially signed Constitution Day into law. The law mandates that each year, on September 17th, schools and colleges that receive federal money are required to teach the Constitution. The...


Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
Jean Fritz
0698116240
December 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5 An informative, interesting, and immensely readable account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Aimed at the same audience as Fritz' well-known series on Revolutionary heroes (Coward), this is every bit as good as those acclaimed titles, although younger children might need to have some terms clarified. Neatly woven into the discussion of what the framers were doing and how they did it are some wonderfully gossippy tidbits that are sure to catch young readers' imagination and make it all come alive for them. The text of the Constitution is included, as well as several pages of notes that expand upon some of the points that the main text touches upon. DePaola's choice of what to illustrate is excellent, as he has selected situations that have great child appeal. His illustrations, many of...


Constitution Translated for Kids
Cathy Travis
1933538015
April 2006
Hardcover
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Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Travis’ book offer[s] ways to better understand the ideals and freedoms for which real patriots live – and die."

Momentum (National Catholic Educational Association)
"Constitution Translated for Kids should be required reading for the September 11 generation."

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If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
Elizabeth Levy
0590451596
June 1992
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5 Levy presents the basic facts of the framing of the Constitution in a series of questions and answers. Background is provided in a very cursory explanation of the American Revolution, the Articles of Confederation, and Shay's Rebellion. Although there is no index, readers will have little difficulty locating individual topics by skimming the boldly printed questions, which are arranged in a rough chronological sequence. Like Fritz' Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution (Putnam, 1987), Levy includes small bits of interesting social trivia to add appeal to the text. Fritz' book is the better of the two, but Levy's is a good second choice for this age group. The pen-and-ink drawings on each page are bland, and important details are occasionally lost in the gutter. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free...


Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining: America's Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Out
Judy Sheindlin
0060927941
February 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
For the past 10 years, Sheindlin has been the supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court, with a reputation for cutting through judicial and bureaucratic obfuscation. Joined by Los Angeles Times correspondent Getlin, she continues her outspokenness in this hard-hitting book, whose title is obviously chosen with malice aforethought. She considers our society to be in trouble because we have infantilized part of it "by shifting the emphasis from individual responsibility to government responsibility." After giving an overview of "our crumbling system," she discusses the cost to taxpayers, then examines underlying reasons for "the lack of responsibility and honesty in American society." Her prescription, offered without any detailed plan of implementation: self-discipline, individual accountability and responsible...


A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
Carol Berkin
0156028727
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
"The majority of historians seem to suggest that the founders knew just what to do--and did it, creating a government that would endure for centuries," writes CUNY historian Carol Berkin in the introduction to A Brilliant Solution. Sitting atop the pedestals we've placed them on, these figures would be "amused" by such notions, she says, because in reality the Constitutional Convention was gripped by "a near-paranoid fear of conspiracies" and might easily have succumbed to "a collective anxiety" over its daunting task. The story of the birth of the U.S. Constitution has been told many times, perhaps best by Catherine Drinker Bowen in Miracle at Philadelphia. Berkin's rendition of these well-known events is clear and concise. It does a bit more telling than showing, but this seems to be in the service of brevity--the main...

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