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Reviewed Titles Accelerated Reader
Graphic Library


What's so great about democracy? Why can U.S. presidents serve only two terms? Irreverent cartoons and concise text answer these questions and more. Zoom through everything you need to know about concepts like citizenship and the branches of government. Cool facts and graphic organizers add to the fun.

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN750L
ATOS Level5.5
AR Points1
AR Quiz #127727
Early Intervention Level29
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Dimensions7" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $33.32 School/Library Price

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Board of Cooperative Educational Services - Brenda Trivilino

"This book would be a good way to get reluctant readers to learn about the history of liberty. It is easy reading, and the cartoons make it fun." - Board of Cooperative Educational Services

March 3, 2009

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Jennifer Lehmann

"This edition of the Graphic Library defines liberty by giving examples of what it has meant throughout history and specifically in the United States. Discussions of ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and French philosophers show the development of our government’s understanding of liberty, but the causes and results of wars, like the French Revolution and the Civil War, are oversimplified to prove the point. The text includes a summary of some current lacks of liberty, with brief descriptions of the struggles in Darfur, Sri Lanka, and China. This clearly illustrates liberty as a constant struggle, rather than a problem of the past, and shows how history affects the present. A discussion of the Patriot Act illustrates the balance between individual freedoms and national liberty. The text and comics are nicely interwoven, for both clarity and engagement. The information is given in appropriate vocabulary, and more difficult words are highlighted in red in the text, with definitions on red banners. Extras include sidebars on each page, giving additional information, a timeline including women’s suffrage and ending with the Civil Rights Act in 1964, a glossary and index, and suggestions for those who want to read more. Approved internet sites are available through Facthound." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Open Wide, Look Inside Blog - Natalia F.

"Cartoon Nation presents Liberty a book that contains tons of facts and information about the political philosophy concept of liberty. Since liberty identifies people’s rights and the ability to act according to one’s own will this book is a good one to use during instruction about civics. The book covers many facets of liberty including its origin in the United States, what it has meant throughout history (specifically focusing on liberty in the United States). There are several chapters with discussions of the development of our government’s understanding of liberty and information about other countries who lack a sense of liberty and the implications these countries and their people face as a result of severe government control (examples presented: Darfur, Sri Lanka, and China). The book concludes with a great section about what America would be like without liberty and that liberty should never be taken for granted. The book encourages the reader as citizens of the United States to make wise and good decisions and act appropriately as thanks to those who fought for our freedom and that acting within reason is an important way of ensuring that as we grow we will continue to be able to make decisions for ourselves. The book is written by Terry Collins and illustrated by Brian Bascle. Curriculum Connections This book can be used in the classroom during talk about citizenship, liberty, freedom, right, civics, or many other topics discussed in elementary social studies instruction. The book could satisfy many VA SOLs but I think this book would be best for grades 3-5 and I felt that is best aligned with VA SOL 3.10 and 3.12 for civics instruction. The book’s content covers all of these strands and many more additional points about liberty and American goverment matters. The student will recognize why government is necessary in the classroom, school, and community by a) explaining the purpose of rules and laws; b) explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken; c) explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals. 3.12 The student will recognize that Americans are a people of diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who are united by the basic principles of a republican form of government and respect for individual rights and freedoms." - Open Wide, Look Inside Blog

March 29, 2010

Terry Collins

Terry Collins

Terry Collins always knew he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, he now writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for readers of all ages. He also teaches literature and creative writing, helping to inspire other lovers of the written word. Terry lives in his hometown in North Carolina with his wife, Ginny, and their devoted dog, Bosley. A lifelong reader, he has a personal library that outgrew his house years ago. Despite his wife's gentle protests over a lack of space, he believes a person can never own too many books.

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