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The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."


For more than 225 years these words have inspired men and women in countries the world over to risk everything in pursuit of these lofty ideals. When they first ap...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2003)
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Hava
This is a nice way to have an overview of all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Obviously, because this is a kids' book, the author doesn't go into great depth on any one signer, but instead tries to spend equal time (more or less) on each signer, and on each of the 13 colonies. Although I used to think of the 13 colonies as being more or less the same, this book made it clear to me that they each had their own distinct "personalities" and history, and that some colonies (and people...more
Paula
This is a book I picked up years ago, though at the time, I didn't realize it was a children's book. What attracted me to it was the illustrations--I really, really liked the illustrations, and the stories never left my memory.

So years later I ended up reading Signing Their Lives Away Declaration of Independence) and Signing Their Rights Away (Constitution), which are basically the adult version of The Signers. But if it weren't for the inspiration of The Signers, I wouldn't have read the other...more
Becky B
I picked this book up for my children and I think they will really enjoy it. It is written for a young audience and has, I think, an appropriate amount of information for them. It's well written and entertaining with stories about the founders that my boys will love. (I give it three stars for myself. I would prefer a more detailed book. This has about two pages, including art, per signer. I suspect my boys will give it 4 or 5 stars.)

FYI, the book does have personal information about, um, charac...more
Rachelle
This book was read from the Green Free Library. I borrowed it to find out more about the signers of the Declaration of Independence. I learned a lot. Elbridge Gerry from Massachusetts is responsible for making political districts favorable to his own party. The term "gerrymandering" came from a district that looked like a salamander but someone thought it looked like a gerryymander and the name stuck.

One also learns that most of the signers actually signed in August of 1776, not on July 4.

This...more
Chrisanne
Loved it! Just enough of an overview to give you a taste of the incredible spirit they had. Each person was given individual treatment that highlighted an original trait/hobby/statement. Well done!
Tamara
Excellent overview of each man and his ideas and contributions to the revolution and founding of the country.
Tarin
Loved this book! I reviewed it for book club (we are doing an American History theme) and I knew nothing about it, just chose it at random. I was surprised 1- there were so many signers, 2- I only knew the names of a handful of them, 3-there are so many fascinating stories! I read it all in one day, and I loved that it was a bunch of small stories so I could pick it up and just read a story or two when I got a couple minutes.
Korrin
This book was really fascinating! It was so interesting to hear the backgrounds of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, and how many are actually related to each other as brothers, cousins, or friends. Now when I see the signatures of this document, I think of how real those men were in establishing our country as it is today!
Brandy Gilbertson
This is an example of a collective biography. I thought the 'topic' or group of people chosen was really interesting to learn about. This is definitely a book to be used to encourage children to gain interest in history.

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Ami
3.5 stars
This book has a short biography of each signer of the Declaration of Independence, all 56 of them. It's amazing how much many of these men suffered for their brave decision.
Paul
This was a great book that had a wonderful compilation of all the biographies of the Declaration of Independence's signers.
Shellie
Actually I only read about 1/2 of the book, it was for reading group and I couldn't attend so I quit reading the book.
Matthew
Short profiles of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence accompanied by lovely woodcut portraits.
Cheryl
Two page coverage for each of the 56 signers of Declaration of Independence, with wood cuts of each man and maps.
Cooksonmom
I picked this up on the Patriotic Table at the library. It is awesome!
Wendy
Part of our curriculum......I LOVE anything that my daughter loves!
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The amazing award-winning author of nearly 300 non-fiction books for children and young adults, Dennis Fradin is known for his meticulous research, attention to detail and smooth, graceful writing.

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