We the People: The Constitution of the United States  -     By: Peter Spier
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We the People: The Constitution of the United States

Doubleday Books for Young Readers / Hardcover

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The summer of 1787 was famously hot, but inside the statehouse in Philadelphia, a group of men assembled to write one of the world's greatest documents: the Constitution of the United States.

Caldecott-winning illustrator Peter Spier will take readers on a visual tour of America, from the Founding Fathers' expressing their vision of a democratic ideal, to a new nation, and finally to the modern, diverse country we live in today. The lively artwork is accompanied by the full text of the US Constitution, an illustrated preamble, and a facsimile edition of the original document.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 12.50 X 8.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0385376170
ISBN-13: 9780385376174

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Publisher's Description

In this visual celebration of the U.S. Constitution and America's founding fathers, Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier tells the stirring American tale of how this most important document came to symbolize freedom, justice, equality, and hope for all citizens. This fact-filled volume includes: the complete text of the Constitution; an illustrated preamble to the Constitution, illuminating its signifcance from its birth through to modern times; the fascinating history of the struggle to create and ratify the Constitution; and an historical reproduction of the original document. Back in print in hardcover—redesigned, historically updated, and with a glorious new cover—this is a must-have resource for every American school, library, and home.

Author Bio

Since his arrival in the United States in 1952, PETER SPIER has become one of this country's most popular and renowned illustrators. His books, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, have won numerous awards and honors: Noah's Ark won the Caldecott Medal and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night was a Caldecott Honor Book. People was awarded the Christopher Medal and was also nominated for an American Book Award and received the National Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "outstanding contributions to better human relations and the cause of brotherhood." Mr. Spier was born and educated in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he served in the Royal Dutch Navy. He has illustrated over one hundred books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. He and his wife live in Shoreham, New York. In addition to illustrating and writing, Mr. Spier is an avid and celebrated builder of model ships.

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