Fritz tells the story very well, in 44 pages The remaining 20 pages consist of notes (4) and the full text of the Constitution This is an essential book for young students of American history I'm not crazy about dePaola's illustrations here (everyone always looks like him), but the text is the important part. The artwork is spectacular, as usual I actually enjoyed reading this school book. This is a great little book (probably aimed at middleschool kids, but great reading even for adults) telling a short version of the story of the Constitutional Convention It is peppered with little tidbits about the delegates (like fishing habits or what they wrote home to their children) that give them personality and humanity Told in simple and straightforward language, it also hits on all of the hotbutton topics that would ultimately lead to four months of deliberation and debate: state rights, representation, slavery, how to choose a president, etc I also gained a better sense of the important distinction between the terms national (a central government with power over the states) and federal (a government of an association of states that give up none of their individual rights) The original Constitution never used the word national because it was so offensive to many of the delegates Our states therefore were joined into a federation, and not a nation, to create the United States of America Overall, an enjoyable and educational read The full text (and it's not very long) of the original Constitution is included at the end of the book We the people never fails to inspire a little thrill of pride. Any book by Jean Fritz get my 5 star rating! I have my students at the University read this book as an introduction to the time period So historically accurate, so delightfully detailed, so short, so funny, so readable. Jean Fritz was an author who inspired my work Her books are wellresearched and fun to read If you have children in elementary grades I recommend You'll enjoy her books too. A very informative and easytoread book about the constitutional convention! This month, while the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge has been focusing on nonfiction, I decided to finally sit down and read a stack of the late Jean Fritz's books about the history of the United States In total, I read 8 titles: And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? illustrated by Margot Tomes (1973) I think this would be an excellent book to read with my fourth graders So much so that I am now looking into electronic classroom wish lists so I can list the book I don't seem to be able to find enough copies used to make it worthwhile to purchase a class set.Fritz has a way of describing history well I really liked this book Admittedly, I am a fan of the Revolutionary period and the Constitution specifically I do carry a copy in my breast pocket!Anyhow, this book pretty much describes the ending of the fourth grade social studies curriculum I teach Unfortunately, Fritz does not use the term New Jersey Plan to describe the part of the Great Compromise that create the balance in the Senate that we have The plan is described accurately, just not named so.One gains a pretty good feel for the struggle our forefathers had in crafting our government We learn of the different sides of terms like federal and national And we see how some were not in favor of a federal government preferring the states to remain sovereign (can you hear me, George Mason?) If anyone would like to donate a copy of this book for my fourth graders to use, let me know and I will provide the particulars That is how much I enjoyed reading this! This factual gem that's written with Jean Fritz's humorous touch chronicles the hot summer ofwhere fiftyfive delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States! BiographyIn fifth grade, we learned a great deal about the Revolutionary war Then when we were done that unit, we went straight to the Civil War We missed such an important part of American history! This book teaches us such key topics that I feel students should know, like how to pick a president, state rights, slavery, and representation America had succeeded from England, then they had to write an entire constitution! This book is an easy way to explain to students what our founding fathers went through to make our country what it is today It also eases the passage way from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, since they had to make some changes to the constitution after the civil war, for instance: abolishing slavery.