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From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.   Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchme From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.   Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchment but a living, breathing promise of our deepest democratic values.   Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan, with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. He immigrated to America and became a citizen, raising his family to appreciate and honor all our nation has to offer. He is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it shines throughout the world.   This Is Our Constitution is a personal journey that Khizr Khan is taking with our nation’s young people. It includes: * An introduction from Khizr Khan that shares his highly personal perspective on the relevance and importance of the Constitution. * A history of how the Constitution was drafted, passed, and amended. * An easy-to-read explanation of exactly what the Constitution and Bill of Rights say. * A passionate argument about why kids should care deeply about the Constitution (with a focus on the 1st and 14th amendments). * Information on some of the key turning points in its interpretation that he considers essential to our understanding of our country. * The complete text of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other amendments.   This is a book about why the Constitution matters to you, and us all.


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From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.   Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchme From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.   Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchment but a living, breathing promise of our deepest democratic values.   Khizr Khan grew up in Pakistan, with few of the fundamental rights that are enshrined in the Constitution. He immigrated to America and became a citizen, raising his family to appreciate and honor all our nation has to offer. He is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it shines throughout the world.   This Is Our Constitution is a personal journey that Khizr Khan is taking with our nation’s young people. It includes: * An introduction from Khizr Khan that shares his highly personal perspective on the relevance and importance of the Constitution. * A history of how the Constitution was drafted, passed, and amended. * An easy-to-read explanation of exactly what the Constitution and Bill of Rights say. * A passionate argument about why kids should care deeply about the Constitution (with a focus on the 1st and 14th amendments). * Information on some of the key turning points in its interpretation that he considers essential to our understanding of our country. * The complete text of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other amendments.   This is a book about why the Constitution matters to you, and us all.

30 review for This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine Irvin

    Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father (his son was an Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004). Khan, born in Pakistan but now a U.S. citizen, is a firm believer in the power and importance of our Constitution. He carries a paperback copy of the text of this great document every where he travels, and is ready to talk about the subject whenever he gets the chance. Khan has written two books about the Constitution. This one is geared for kids. It provides a background into the history of how the Constitution Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father (his son was an Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004). Khan, born in Pakistan but now a U.S. citizen, is a firm believer in the power and importance of our Constitution. He carries a paperback copy of the text of this great document every where he travels, and is ready to talk about the subject whenever he gets the chance. Khan has written two books about the Constitution. This one is geared for kids. It provides a background into the history of how the Constitution came about and why it is so important.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by the publisher Bookended by notes about Mr. Khan's personal experiences with the Constitution as well as immigration, current politics, and being a Gold Star father, this overview of this important US document has several things to recommend it. The book is a good length for middle grade readers, and nicely formatted. It is laid out in a logical fashion, and the explanations of different portions of the Constitution are well explained in language that young readers can understand, Copy provided by the publisher Bookended by notes about Mr. Khan's personal experiences with the Constitution as well as immigration, current politics, and being a Gold Star father, this overview of this important US document has several things to recommend it. The book is a good length for middle grade readers, and nicely formatted. It is laid out in a logical fashion, and the explanations of different portions of the Constitution are well explained in language that young readers can understand, and contain relevant examples to support understanding. Speech bubbles accompanying the explanations address Khan's personal concerns. The full texts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are included at the back. This is easier to read than the Levinson's Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today but offers a lot of good information. I don't think that too many students will pick this up for pleasure reading, but it is a good addition to any elementary or middle school library. I can see readers picking this up for research and spending more time than they expected delving into the intricacies of the Constitution because of the readability of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    After a few introductory chapters, Khizr Khan provides an easy-to-read modern-day "translation" of the Constitution, paraphrasing the original text article by article, section by section, using every-day words that are easy to understand. There's a bit more summarizing with some of the amendments, but the idea is the same. There are also a few sections about landmark Supreme Court cases that shed light on how the Constitution has been interpreted over the years. I wanted to be able to say that I After a few introductory chapters, Khizr Khan provides an easy-to-read modern-day "translation" of the Constitution, paraphrasing the original text article by article, section by section, using every-day words that are easy to understand. There's a bit more summarizing with some of the amendments, but the idea is the same. There are also a few sections about landmark Supreme Court cases that shed light on how the Constitution has been interpreted over the years. I wanted to be able to say that I've actually read the Constitution, so I made the dubious decision to read the original text - which is included in full towards the end of the book - alongside Khizr Khan's "translation". What a slog. :P It was hard for me to parse, and I couldn't figure out what some of the phrases meant. Khizr Khan's version was indispensable in helping me to actually understand the Constitution. In a book geared towards middle schoolers that carefully explains a number of words, I was a little bothered that "tyranny" and "tyrant" weren't explicitly defined. Also, the "translation" could have been a little clearer in regards to one part of the 12th Amendment; I was confused because the original text referenced a date of March 4, but the paraphrased version stated January 20. I did a little Googling, and it turns out, the date of March 4 (as the start of the new president's term) was changed to January 20 in the 20th Amendment. So both dates were "correct", but the use of January 20 in the "translation" assumes knowledge of the 20th Amendment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Excellent review, no matter what your age. Also appreciate the deep feelings of an immigrant who appreciates our freedoms even more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The speaker who inspired attendees at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 shares is thoughts about the documents at the core of this nation's existence. Not only does Khizr Khan provide personal notes on why the words in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are so important to him and his family, but he also explains his interpretations of various parts, including the Bill of Rights, and various Supreme Court decisions rooted in their contents. The book is accessible, easy to The speaker who inspired attendees at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 shares is thoughts about the documents at the core of this nation's existence. Not only does Khizr Khan provide personal notes on why the words in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are so important to him and his family, but he also explains his interpretations of various parts, including the Bill of Rights, and various Supreme Court decisions rooted in their contents. The book is accessible, easy to understand, and provides a much-needed reminder of how this country is intended to operate. While some school children may find history and civics boring, I've always been intrigued by our nation's longevity and the foresight of our founding fathers. Clearly, ours is not a perfect nation, but there are important safeguards on certain rights, something that is important to be reminded of now more than ever. The author's asides and connections to his own experiences here and in Pakistan, his country of origin, make it clear just how dangerous it can be to live in a place that doesn't protect the rights of its citizens. I enjoyed this brief civic lesson and appreciated the author's deep passion for his subject matter and his adopted country.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Khan, Khizr This is Our Constitution, 210 pages. NON-FICTION. Knopf (Random), 2017. $17. Content: G. Khizr Khan, the man who called out Trump at the Democratic National Convention , has put together a book about the Constitution – its origin, its components, and Khan’s personal notes and explanations. I don’t know if Khan had extensive writings about the Constitution before the DNC, or if Knopf had a book about the Constitution in the pipeline before the DNC, but there has been more than a year si Khan, Khizr This is Our Constitution, 210 pages. NON-FICTION. Knopf (Random), 2017. $17. Content: G. Khizr Khan, the man who called out Trump at the Democratic National Convention , has put together a book about the Constitution – its origin, its components, and Khan’s personal notes and explanations. I don’t know if Khan had extensive writings about the Constitution before the DNC, or if Knopf had a book about the Constitution in the pipeline before the DNC, but there has been more than a year since Khan’s appearance and this feels like a rush job. Students will find it confusing, especially when it separates the actual words of the Constitution from the plain language explanation of each part. Some kind of two-column format would have been much better for that part. There are more problems that I won’t get into. I feel bad, but this is just not well thought out. MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017/...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    This is an excellent resource for young readers who want to learn more about the Constitution and how the three branches of federal government operate. The book also offers some key landmark Supreme Court cases as examples. I read every word with my 12-year-old. When we got to the reading of the Constitution of the United States of America, he followed along on our (ACLU) pocket Constitution like the one Mr. Khan carries. I think this is a great addition to a middle school reading list. My tween This is an excellent resource for young readers who want to learn more about the Constitution and how the three branches of federal government operate. The book also offers some key landmark Supreme Court cases as examples. I read every word with my 12-year-old. When we got to the reading of the Constitution of the United States of America, he followed along on our (ACLU) pocket Constitution like the one Mr. Khan carries. I think this is a great addition to a middle school reading list. My tween learned a lot. He paid special attention to Article II to ascertain whether or not it gives the President the power to do whatever he or she wants as President. It, in fact, does not. This is a perfect read for the times.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This book written as an introduction to the US Constitution for grade schoolers is also worthwhile reader for anyone who wants to familiarize himself or herself with the provisions of the US Constitution and their meaning. The author includes information on the Declaration of Independence and background information on the historical events leading to the writing and adoption of the Constitution as well as some anecdotes from his life as a framework for his presentation on the provisions of the do This book written as an introduction to the US Constitution for grade schoolers is also worthwhile reader for anyone who wants to familiarize himself or herself with the provisions of the US Constitution and their meaning. The author includes information on the Declaration of Independence and background information on the historical events leading to the writing and adoption of the Constitution as well as some anecdotes from his life as a framework for his presentation on the provisions of the document and their meaning. The book rates 4.5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Reading this non-fiction for MG readers, I found the Constitutional claim against the current hateful policy separating children from their parents at the Mexican border: the Fourteenth Amendment. In describing the concept of 'due process' Khizr Khan writes. “Clear and fair legal procedures must be applied to everyone in the same way in the United States. If you are accused of a crime, you have clear specific rights.” (33) This is easy to read and the addition of Khan's experiences of living in Reading this non-fiction for MG readers, I found the Constitutional claim against the current hateful policy separating children from their parents at the Mexican border: the Fourteenth Amendment. In describing the concept of 'due process' Khizr Khan writes. “Clear and fair legal procedures must be applied to everyone in the same way in the United States. If you are accused of a crime, you have clear specific rights.” (33) This is easy to read and the addition of Khan's experiences of living in Pakistan without these protections was illuminating. I borrowed this from interlibrary loan.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Reading this so close to Independence Day is just a coincidence, but it made the read much more precious. Khan immigrated from Pakistan and is well known for his love of the constitution. This love comes through in his writing, especially when he contrasts the life he left in Pakistan with his experiences in the United States. As an American, I sometimes take for granted the amazing care that went into this document. I’m glad to have the reminder in Khan’s book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Very nicely written overview for kids, recommended. I especially liked how the author drew from his personal story, growing up in an authoritarian country, to emphasize the crucial importance of the Constitution. I actually started to wish there was more of his compelling personal story in the book so kids could understand and connect!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Bonner

    Thank you Khizr Thank you Khizr Khan for this excellent review of the Constitution. When we get civics classes back in the curriculum this should be a required textbook. Thank you to your son Captain Khan for his service and highest sacrifice. You are what makes America TRULY great.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Burnett

    Great explanation of the constitution for kids. Simple explanations of a few landmark cases, plus the entire constitution at the end. Like that Mr. Khan includes his own commentary and thoughts towards different sections of the constitution.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    It was a good book, and I really liked the Supreme Court cases that were discussed at the end. However, I wish they also went into a bit more depth. I wonder if there are easy-to-read books that are devoted to summarizing Supreme Court cases.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Barlass

    Actually a good, easy to understand, description and meaning of the US Constitution. Every American needs to read the Constitution and this book brings it down to an understandable level. Written for middle school students, it is still a valuable read for all adults.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Love the idea of this and Mr. Khan more than the actual execution. The first part analyzes the Bill of Rights and it makes it really accessible! The second part is just the amendments to the Constitution and perhaps would have been better served with some explanation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Fitzgerald

    The pets where the author talked about his son, and explained why it is important to be an informed citizen were interesting. Although the rest of the book was very dry. My daughter listened to the book with me,and at one point it was almost verbatim what was written in her AP GOV textbook. (not a part that was the actual reading of the Constitution)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anita Routh

    I found this very informative and concise. I read it as part of a booklist for junior high aged readers, but I don't think that is the age group for this book. As an adult, however, I enjoyed it. It is very straightforward and not at all confusing. I found this very informative and concise. I read it as part of a booklist for junior high aged readers, but I don't think that is the age group for this book. As an adult, however, I enjoyed it. It is very straightforward and not at all confusing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clare Lund

    Wow, what a fantastic resource! An incredibly in-depth but accessible explanation of the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, and important Supreme Court cases. Ages 10 and up — all social studies teachers should especially read and utilize this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda V

    Tis is a clear concise breakdown of the Constitution. A nice companion to classroom instruction, or review read for any age.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alesia

    Really informative. Cool case stories, some I knew but some I didnt.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Although written for the middle schooler, which means the language is easily understood, the subject is one which all Americans need to review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Very well done, reading this taught me things I should have already known about our country and constitution and for that I am grateful.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Isgett

    Written for young people, this book is actually helpful for anyone wanting to understand the Constitution better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    This is a GREAT resource for middle school history classes!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    An excellent guide for middle grade readers through our founding documents.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Holt

    Good overview of constitution for kids and those of us whose public school education failed us

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Clear and interesting, a fine introduction to the Constitution and America's struggles to live up to our own ideals. Clear and interesting, a fine introduction to the Constitution and America's struggles to live up to our own ideals.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Glatt

    Explaining the text and the ideas of the Constitution in easy-to-understand language, this book will help young researchers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Karlekar

    The information was explained well and led me to a better appreciation for our constitution.

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