The thirteen ORIGINAL colonies Together again One night only The children of Forest Lake Elementary School trod the boards in a dramatic reenactment of how the United States Constitution came to be After the Revolution, the young United States was anything but united The states acted like thirteen separate countries, with their own governments, laws, and currencies It took bravery, smarts, and a lot of compromises to create a workable system of government under the new constitution Full of facts about our fledgling democracy, the call for a national government, and the Constitutional Convention, this book presents American history with personality, good humor, and energy This show is not to be missedJef Czekaj s exuberant illustrations capture the excitement of opening night and the elation of the birth of a nation


10 thoughts on “Unite or Die

  1. Mandy Mandy says:

    A very kid friendly way to present the topic, this book was easy and interesting to read, and I learned a thing or two from it The afterword, notes about the information on each page , and bibliography provided lots of extra and supporting stuff I did not like the illustrations, and I m afraid they are keeping me from giving this bookstars I don t mind the cartooney ness of them, but it was distracting that so many characters on so many pages looked like angry vampires.


  2. Smita Smita says:

    Must bookmark for when Gavin learns about the Constitution.


  3. Shari Shari says:

    Fun way for kids to learn topic of how the states came together to agree on one government and constitution on an otherwise dry subject


  4. Sue Sue says:

    Should not mix wishful thinking with the truth of how this occurred People of color are over represented throughout in these drawings best way I can say it.


  5. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Fun, fun fun Sure we have heard of the Articles of Confederation and the Virginia Compromise and the New Jersey Plan, but who really remembers much about them This book could help lots of kids and adults, on occasion better understand how our system of government came about.After the war for independence, there really wasn t much of a United States of America There were just thirteen separate states Problems One big problem was money Each state printed its own States wouldn t accept the Fun, fun fun Sure we have heard of the Articles of Confederation and the Virginia Compromise and the New Jersey Plan, but who really remembers much about them This book could help lots of kids and adults, on occasion better understand how our system of government came about.After the war for independence, there really wasn t much of a United States of America There were just thirteen separate states Problems One big problem was money Each state printed its own States wouldn t accept the money of other states And who would fight for these thirteen separate states Finally, fifty five men came together from twelve states no Rhode Island to figure things out and the result was the amazing Constitution of the United States It still works today because of the brilliance and cooperation of those who met together to create this document.Cold hard facts are the text of this book, but it is the fun illustrations that really explain and expound upon the the subject It is the illustrations that kept me reading along Very kid friendly And for a subject that can be way over the heads of many ten year olds.An afterword explains the process of the Constitution in detail as does a notes section that expands upon the most complicated parts of the book in a clever question answer format The book also includes a web link to the Constitution with an invitation to read the document for oneself and a lengthy bibliography.Here s a sample text This wasn t an easy idea to accept, especially for the small states like New Jersey and Delaware, who were afraid the big states would outvote them in Congress from the cartoon balloons Pennsylvania Sure, the number of delegates will be based on population What s wrong with that Delaware Everything If you havedelegates, you ll havevotes than I do North Carolina But you re not even half my size Why should you have the same number of votes


  6. D3NOVO D3NOVO says:

    This is essentially a book about the founding of the U.S Constitution meant for grade schoolers, but you might not get that from the rather threatening title, Unite or Die. The book s narrative content and form is, in fact, anything but threatening or even mildly ominous or horrific no threats of death or death threats to be found , which only adds to peculiarity of the title But forget about that The real marvel is the story s meta structural conceit, involving a bunch of grade schoolers This is essentially a book about the founding of the U.S Constitution meant for grade schoolers, but you might not get that from the rather threatening title, Unite or Die. The book s narrative content and form is, in fact, anything but threatening or even mildly ominous or horrific no threats of death or death threats to be found , which only adds to peculiarity of the title But forget about that The real marvel is the story s meta structural conceit, involving a bunch of grade schoolers staging a play about the Constitution s historical formation I say marvel because it allowed the authors to, in turn, allow children of different races and genders to play the founding fathers against historical veracity so, for example, George Washington, the star of the show, is played onstage by a black child with a white wig A real marvel Included is an afterword with some answers to questions that may arise from the book, but apparently no answer for why the kid with googly eyes was chosen to play the state of Pennsylvania


  7. Amanda Behrends Amanda Behrends says:

    Summary Presents the road to the Constitution as told by students in a play Curriculum Connection This would be a good way to celebrate Constitution Day with younger students.Personal Reaction I thought the author did a good job of presenting the challenges the founding fathers faced in meeting the needs and desires of the different states, in a way that is understandable to young students I also liked the idea of it being presented as a play with students dressed as the states I read w Summary Presents the road to the Constitution as told by students in a play Curriculum Connection This would be a good way to celebrate Constitution Day with younger students.Personal Reaction I thought the author did a good job of presenting the challenges the founding fathers faced in meeting the needs and desires of the different states, in a way that is understandable to young students I also liked the idea of it being presented as a play with students dressed as the states I read watched this on Tumblebooks and I think that would make the book eveninteresting and engaging to students because it does playlike a moving play than just a read aloud.Visual Appeal I loved the illustrations and the idea of using students dressed as states The design itself reminded me of an update version of Schoolhouse Rocks, cartoony but not overly so.Intended Audience Third to fifth grade, about eight to ten years old


  8. Melissa Urban Melissa Urban says:

    Themes United States Constitution, 13 Colonies, government,US History 1783 1815This is a fun, quirky book that explains how the US Constitution came to be in our country Students are dressed in costumes of 13 colonies and they are putting on a play about the political process our country went through to write the US Constitution It boarders on graphic novel and is written with cute humorous speech bubbles that will easily engage students Uses in the classroom Great follow up to a lesson o Themes United States Constitution, 13 Colonies, government,US History 1783 1815This is a fun, quirky book that explains how the US Constitution came to be in our country Students are dressed in costumes of 13 colonies and they are putting on a play about the political process our country went through to write the US Constitution It boarders on graphic novel and is written with cute humorous speech bubbles that will easily engage students Uses in the classroom Great follow up to a lesson on the Constitution There is a 4 page Reader s Theater on the author s website that kids would love to act out It is made for 18 characters and would be a great alternative to a writing assignment


  9. Tam Tam says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m not sure what age this book is meant for My 11 year old liked it but it was too long for my 7 year old.Each page has a summary plus the kids acting out their parts in a play For example, the first page says, On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the American Revolution Thirteen colonies had won their independence from England A new country was born It then has 3 kids wearing state costumes that say, Hooray Freedom , Now we can govern ourselves , I m not sure what age this book is meant for My 11 year old liked it but it was too long for my 7 year old.Each page has a summary plus the kids acting out their parts in a play For example, the first page says, On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the American Revolution Thirteen colonies had won their independence from England A new country was born It then has 3 kids wearing state costumes that say, Hooray Freedom , Now we can govern ourselves , and Are we ready.When the story is done, the last few pages are filled with questions and answers Why wasn t the country united , Who printed the money , Who owned Vermont , etc


  10. Melanie Melanie says:

    A cute grade level book about the founding of the nation and the thought process that went into the Constitution Graphic novel style makes it accessible to kids of all ages The illustrations leave much to be desired When I looked at the first page with kids on it, I thought it was going to be a book about vampire children in a school play How many kids do you know that their incisor teeth stick out of their mouths And then their are the faces drawn with the nose where the ear should be A l A cute grade level book about the founding of the nation and the thought process that went into the Constitution Graphic novel style makes it accessible to kids of all ages The illustrations leave much to be desired When I looked at the first page with kids on it, I thought it was going to be a book about vampire children in a school play How many kids do you know that their incisor teeth stick out of their mouths And then their are the faces drawn with the nose where the ear should be A little off putting