Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of How America Works from School Library Connection on January 1, 2021

Cover: Our Founding Fathers

It is important to have a good set or two of books on American government and democracy in the library, especially in an election year. These four titles are the latest installments in How America Works series published by The Child’s World. Written for an upper elementary audience, the author does an overall good job of simplifying complex concepts and elements of the American governmental system. The titles effectively cover the named topic, complementing the text with captioned illustrations that are often full-page and which include facsimiles of primary documents, photographs and paintings, charts, etc. that illustrate the concepts presented. A few sidebars with additional or trivia-style facts are interspersed within each title. The series will age fairly well, for the author is careful with wording. Each volume has a good glossary which defines bolded words from the text and a list with a few additional resources. Following the practice of many other publishers, a link is included to a publisher curated list of pertinent websites to visit for further information. It would have been nice if the publisher had asked someone with a political science background to review the series to give a little more verity. I recommend this series if you do not have titles on these subjects or if yours are out of date. Index.

—Jolene C. DeFranco

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Our Founding Fathers 4.4
Political Parties 4.5
Democracy 4.4
The White House 4.1

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