We the Kids
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Illustrations and forword by
32 pages; 11.0 x 9.6 in.
Publisher: Puffin (April 21, 2005)
These brilliant and hilarious
illustrations show the preamble as you never have never seen. The fun-filled
twists of what these truths mean to kids also provide memorable visual clues
to help students learn the Preamble to the Constitution. A long time ago some
smart guys wrote the Preamble to the Constitution. You have probably read it
before, but do you know what it means? And did it ever make you laugh? Now it
will! Perfect for inspiring discussion in classrooms and around kitchen tables,
this fun-filled and cheerfully illustrated look at the Preamble provides an
accessible introduction to America's founding ideals for citizens of all ages.
Includes a glossary of terms and a foreword by the artist.
Catrow (She's Wearing a
Dead Bird on Her Head!), who doubles as a political cartoonist, writes in
his amiable introduction, "When I paint my paintings and draw my cartoons,
I can do them any way I want. Being able to do that makes me very happy and
very free. And I think that's exactly what all those old guys with their big
words and big ideas wanted," he says, referring to the authors of the
Constitution and the liberty he enjoys as a result of their efforts. Following
a casual glossary (e.g., "insure domestic tranquility" means "To
make sure that we can all have a nice life and get along with one another"),
he takes fresh liberties he uses the Preamble as text for spry, loopy cartoons
chronicling three eccentric-looking kids and a spirited pooch on a backyard
camping caper. The characters review a poster outlining rules for the evening
("establish Justice"); wearing a helmet and looking bored, the dog
stands guard as the kids frolic in the tent ("provide for the common
defense"). And everyone snuggles under a blanket ("and secure the
Blessings of Liberty") while two parents survey the placid scene from
a window ("to ourselves and our Posterity"). With his customary
satiric flair, Catrow inserts plentiful tongue-in-cheek visuals: a saucepan
bouncing off one child's head while she sits entangled in another child's
rope hardly suggests "domestic Tranquility." This zany, patriotic
paean offers kids lighthearted but meaningful incentive to reflect further
on the relevance of those "big words" and "big ideas."
AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:
Stewart is a poet and a children's author who lives in British Columbia,
Canada with her husband and two children. All bad behaviors in this book
are fictional, and any similarity to real events or persons is purely coincidental!
has twice been honored with The New York Times Best Illustrated Book of
the Year Award. He is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist.