NONFICTION

Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means

Albert Whitman. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780807524411.
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PreS-Gr 3–Mihaly explores the concept of freedom by explaining the First Amendment and the five liberties that fall under its protection. The narrative begins by describing, in poetic language, how America declared its independence from Great Britain. Everyday examples demonstrate how these liberties are embedded in our society. The young characters debate whether a book is interesting or boring. They learn through the press that their mayor plans to close the neighborhood playground. The community rises up to save their playground by rallying and signing a petition. The colorful, cartoon-like illustrations have speech bubbles and clearly demonstrate what it means to have freedom of religion, speech, press, and peaceful assembly. Back matter includes more information about the United States Constitution and each of the five liberties. A glossary and a bibliography are included.
VERDICT A nice addition to library collections that target second and third graders.

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