Book review: What is the Declaration of Independence?, by Michael Harris

Harris, Michael. What is the Declaration of Independence? Grosset & Dunlap, 2016. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-448-48692-5. 105 pages. Ages 7-13. P7Q8.

harris-what-is-the-declaration-of-independenceThis book takes you back in time to the beginning of America.  Readers will sit with Thomas Jefferson on that hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776.  Jefferson did not take this task lightly.  He was drafting the announcement, the Declaration of Independence, that would cut this new nation’s ties with Britain.  Additionally, the book brings to light Jefferson’s hypocrisy in writing “all men are created equal” while he owned slaves. This book helps to understand the events that led to the Revolutionary War.  Photographs, bibliography, and time lines are included.

Summer 2016 review by Penny McDermott.


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