The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking, and Compromising
Chicago Review Press, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his well illustrated volume guides children ten years of age and older through the history of the U.S. Congress. Filled with anecdotes, photos, and engaging activities, the handy resource offers a historical perspective on all the nonsense that this branch of the federal government is the epic center of today.
he author examines historical milestones in congressional history and offers stories about some of the larger than life personalities who once walked the halls of the iconic building.
ertainly youngsters will benefit from a discussion of what the purpose of the congress supposedly is (as envisioned by the country's founders), its structure and history. Perhaps now, more than ever, because of the low repute the members of this legislative body now hold in the public's estimation, a book like this is very necessary.
ver twenty hands-on activities will also provide teachers and parents with a means of engaging young readers with interesting tasks. Although a field trip to a congressional district may or may not be possible, launching a petition drive or taking a visual tour of the nation's capitol via computer certainly is.
rankly, in this day of constant bickering and deadlock, it is difficult to not be very cynical when it comes to discussing the U.S. Congress and its members. We need a book like this to refocus us and help us show our young people what the institution is suppose to be all about.
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