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The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence

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96 pages • 7 in x 9 in • Ideal for kids 8-12 years old

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With side-by-side "plain English" translations, plus definitions and more!

 "This engaging and surprisingly entertaining effort seems like the perfect choice to accompany and expand lesson plans. A hardworking addition to U.S. history shelves." Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

 ”This book introduces students to the Declaration in an informative and well-rounded manner. They are not just told what the document says but asked to think about it and question it.VERDICT A great way to nourish an informed citizenry. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal (Starred)

"This title presents exactly what the title describes....The collage-style illustrations...practically tell a story themselves, often managing to add humor to what is frequently considered a somewhat dry topic. The result is a book that is not only educational, but fun as well." —School Library Connection, Recommended

"An absolute necessity for anyone looking for a kid-friendly history book.” Time for Kids, Kid Reporter


Don't let the old-fashioned language of the Declaration of Independence scare you any longer! In The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence, kids (and grownups alike) can read the original text of this important document on each lefthand page with a "plain English" translation on each righthand page. Bright illustrations, helpful definitions, and other fun facts round out this brilliant way to dive into the original language and meaning of this founding document. 

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  • David Miles

    David Miles is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of over 40 books, including ​The Side-by-Side Declaration of Independence, Book, The Interactive Constitution, Allegro, Unicorn and Horse, and other titles. He has worked as a designer, illustrator, and creative director, and he now runs Bushel & Peck Books with his wife, Stephanie. He's been named a CYBILS Award Finalist, Publishers Weekly Star Watch Nominee, Trvst Changemaker, New York Book Show Award Winner, and Bill Fisher Award Finalist, among other accolades. He lives in Fresno, California, with his family.

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