America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In Maydelegates from across the countryincluding George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklingathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from We the people and inspiring hope for freedom around the world This book does a great job of informing students about the constitutional convention The illustrations are beautiful and engaging and pair well with the text The book is very specific though about the constitution and this would not be a great book to read when learning about the Revolutionary War In class, this would be a great read aloud when discussing the branches of government and what makes the United States' government so unique. This is a wonderful book full of fantastic illustrations which depict the time in our Nations history when our Founding Fathers were creating the document which formed our nation There are many parts of history that we are taught in our schools, but having it written in a way that just gives us the essentials along with quotes from the Founding Father's and visuals helps it all come to life Great book to use in any history class! It is fun to occasionally pick up a children's book and to consider when or how one learned or didn't learn the stuff we were presented in school In that vein, I enjoyed this book, its text, its quotations, and the illustrations by Greg Harlin, especially since the Western Canon group is about to launch a several month discussion of Tocqueville's Democracy in America in which I hope to participate (Spring, 2019)While I enjoyed several things about this book, including its clarity, the short introductions to the lead roles played by several of the participants in the Philadelphia convention, and the timing of the sequence of key events, I was troubled by what felt like short shrift to the role of the Bill of Rights Tidbits of history that it felt useful to be reminded of included the rebellious actions of the farmers in Massachusetts towards paying their debts and what decisions were made about who ratified what, including the Constitution itself, the selection of presidential election voters, and that bills of appropriations shall originate in the House I find I want to learn a bitabout the American Enterprise Institute with which Dr Cheney associates resources for the book I will consider other possibilities before selecting an addition on early American history on the Constitution for my granddaughter's bookshelf (Have a few years.!) I really enjoyed the argument of this book, and I think it was a really interesting analysis of the language in the declaration of independence; however, it feels a little bit long winded at times I think that, while the book acknowledges some of the hypocrisy of the declaration's signatories and writers, it does not go far enough in taking into account their actual actions in the analysis of the text The author makes note of the fact that the book actions can speak louder than words, but that in this case it ismurky than that; however, I think that we can not brush aside the declaration's authors' actions as easily as this book did given that equality is the central message of this book The book, however, certainly has an interesting message and method given the fact that so many of us don't truly consider the founding philosophy of the US.