We the People! (Big Ideas that Changed the World #4)

Abrams. (Big Ideas that Changed the World: Bk. 4). Oct. 2022. 128p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781419757389.
Gr 3-7–Beginning with a roast beef sandwich and ending with the hopeful words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Brown takes readers on a journey through history to tell the story of democracy. Narrated by Abigail Adams, this work of graphic nonfiction lays down the bedrock of American democracy and how it became the government we know and protect today. The narrator is not shy to point out the white male dominance of American democracy and includes examples of democracy and big ideas from all over the world. Beginning with early civilizations and the need to organize and establish leadership, then moving through the American Revolution, voting rights, the Civil Rights Movement (with more in between), the book introduces readers to a wide range of events and ideas that built our modern-day democracy. Watercolor-like illustrations draw the reader’s eye without creating sensory overload. Readers will easily be able to follow the flow of the panels with clear cues from the text. A variety of source materials are provided, including a selected bibliography and time line.
VERDICT Those who have read other books in the series will love this new installment. This is a must-buy for any public or school library.

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