Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Shh We re Writing the Constitution This factual gem that s written with Jean Fritz s humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of where fifty five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadel

  • Title: Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
  • Author: Jean Fritz Tomie dePaola
  • ISBN: 9780698116245
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • This factual gem that s written with Jean Fritz s humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States

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    About “Jean Fritz Tomie dePaola”

    1. Jean Fritz Tomie dePaola

      Jean Fritz was a children s author with a fascination with writing historical fictions She was born on November 16, 1915, in Hankow, China to missionary parents After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States Beginning her career with an English degree, Fritz became an award winning and respected author She received an honor for every book that she wrote.

    581 thoughts on “Shh! We're Writing the Constitution”

    1. Again, Jean Fritz does such a good job of taking a dry subject and adding life. For instance, I learned that during a break from the Constitution Convention Oliver Ellsworth wrote a letter home about visiting an Egyptian mummy on display in Philadelphia and how he opened it up so he could see what the flesh was like. That is a horrific fact, but there are occasional such engagements for young readers. Details about the first July 4th parade and celebration in Philadelphia were great too!However, [...]



    2. Jean Fritz was an author who inspired my work. Her books are well-researched and fun to read. If you have children in elementary grades I recommend. You'll enjoy her books too.


    3. The artwork is spectacular, as usual. I actually enjoyed reading this school book.


    4. This is a great little book (probably aimed at middle-school 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 hot-button topics that would ultimately lead to four months of deliberation and debate: state r [...]


    5. 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.


    6. 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) Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (1974) Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? illustrated by Margot Tomes (1975) What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? [...]


    7. this book explained that the writing of the Constitution and the forming of our current government was no easy feat. This book is very informational because it explains the struggle and how a country cannot be formed over a night. Plus, it includes the Constitution and explains reasons for the different articles. It also has the names of everyone who signed it and a breakdown of where they were from. Very fun and informational!


    8. A simple, but in some ways fairly detailed, account of what all went into writing the Constitution. 4 months of secrecy in Philadelphia, which the new nation's top minds and leaders, and a lot of arguing and compromise, produced this magnificent document that has been the foundation of our government for more than two centuries. Appendix contains the complete text of the Constitution.



    9. A fun and lively book about the people who wrote the constitution and their ideas. Interesting and entertaining on every page, and the illustrations are a perfect fit.


    10. I enjoyed the informative and lively telling of the Constitutional Convention. It was told in such a way that enticed me to keep reading and learning. Some details about characters' personalities and behaviors made the founding fathers seem so much more human and relatable. This was one of my picture book selections.


    11. 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 [...]


    12. 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 father [...]


    13. Hmmm, I thought I had written a big long review for this, but I guess I didn't.This was a solid introduction to the events leading up to the Convention as well as some of the debates that occurred. My boys were able to understand the Virginia plan and why the smaller states had issues with some things. The book briefly touched on the conflict between Northern and Southern states as well.It'd difficult to condense everything that was said and all the personalities into one book for children. Frit [...]


    14. "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution" should be a must read for every elementary school student! This book presents the summer of 1787 in a manner students can understand. Humor is thrown in, as well, to bring the Founding Fathers to life! I am considering the inclusion of this book into our classroom activities. Any adult would find this book intriguing, too, especially if they don't know much about the Constitutional Convention. Pick up this book and read it! You can read it in less than an ho [...]


    15. Great read! With all of the unrest in the United States around the election of our recent president I thought it was most important for my third graders to understand the process of how our Constitution came into being. I wanted them to know why this piece of parchment is near and dear to our hearts and even then men were not in agreement with each other.


    16. A good story-based introduction to the constitution. It was a bit fact-heavy for a picture book, and it would have been nice if it was divided up into chapters; it was hard to find good stopping points. Some of this was over my seven year old's head, but she got the general idea that deciding on our country's firm of government was not an easy decision and it took a while for the delegates to agree.


    17. This is another one of Jean Fritz's wonderful stories. This is a historical fiction book about how hard it was to come up with this document and the importance of it. I would do this as a read aloud because it is a high level book but it is definitly important and it puts the writing of the constitution in perspective.


    18. I read this with my daughter, who is 8. I enjoyed it a lot. It was informative, funnny and had a lot of interesting trivia. Who knew Benjamin Franklin came to the convention in a Chinese sedan chair carried by four prisoners from a Philadelphia jail? I think I got more out of it than A did, though. Hopefully, she picked up some bits and pieces.


    19. Another solid book by Jean Fritz. Great information, combined with some interesting anecdotes. Using it as a research source in my social studies class. The only thing I wish this book included was the 3/5 Compromise, since it reveals so much about the time period. And I needed that bit of information for a social studies lesson. Otherwise an excellent book.


    20. This is a wonderful story to read to younger children about the creation of our country's constitution. It covers all the basic problems our constitutional congress faced and the solutions they settled on. It has very entertaining and helpful pictures as well! Grades 2 - 6.I love all of Jean Fritz's historical books! I highly recommend them all!


    21. A perfect little blend of history and storytelling. The illustrations by dePaola add to the light-hearted tone and readability of the book, seemingly intended for an older elementary or middle grade audience. I love that as an adult, I can read books like these and re-familiarize myself with such important educational curriculum as American history.


    22. Very entertaining, with little references to daily life in that era and the quirky personalities of some of the delegates. Also did a great job at simplifying some more complicated subjects, such as the Great Compromise and "federal" vs "national." Loved the notes section, and also that it included the text of the Constitution in the end.


    23. Written in a way that students can understand the history that made up the United States. This book is a little long, but if you pull out parts you need for lessons or have the book be optional for students to read it can be manageable. I learned a lot and would definitely read this book again for a refesher on the Constitution and other historical events that shaped our country.


    24. Jean Fritz, in her usual sense of humor, reveals the personalities of the various constitutional delegates, yet at the same time is able to show the great task that they had undertaken. Excellent for grade school children.


    25. Great intro for kids into how the federal (national) government is set up and how it came to be. I little humor and some insight into the authors of the constitution. Lots of information but not to heavy for young ones (appropriate starting about 2nd grade).


    26. I LOVE this book! As with any of Fritz's books, you can tell that history is her passion. It's a little long for younger kids, but packed full of awesome information, some of which is more trivial and less-known, but helps bring the "characters" to life.


    27. Quick little book about the Constitutional Convention. If you want a simple overview of what happened this is a great place to start. Not sure it will keep the attention of kiddos. I enjoyed it for a fast read.


    28. Post Revolution, of course, but we were on a Fritz kick and we couldn't stop! Such interesting trivia sprinkled through this book - it makes the story really memorable.


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