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We the Kids

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Remember sitting in elementary school trying to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution? Remember how baffling it was? The words were big, they didn't make a lot of sense, and how they applied to your life wasn't too clear. Lucky for us, award-winning book illustrator and political cartoonist David Catrow has taken the most important introduc
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Dial (first published January 1st 2002)
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Maggie Cheesman
Apr 20, 2016 Maggie Cheesman rated it liked it
We the Kids by David Catrow is a children's picture book that has the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Each page of the children's book has a line of the preamble with illustrations. This book is perfect for children because it is an easy read and it is very informational for them. We the Kids is a very informational book because the preamble to the Constitution of the United States is important and something that all students so know. A lot of grade schools have their students ...more
Morgan Hawkins
Dec 03, 2014 Morgan Hawkins rated it it was amazing
I loved "We the Kids" by David Catrow. This book was done differently then I anticipated. I loved how David started off the book by explaining his history with learning about the preamble. I felt like every child could relate to the way he felt when he teacher read it out loud, big weird words that no one could understand. He does a neat thing before starting the actual story by explain in kids words what each part of the preamble means. Once you get into the story it is more of a picture book t ...more
Katie Hanrahan
Nov 24, 2014 Katie Hanrahan rated it it was amazing
Discover what the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States means in We the Kids by David Catrow. This book provides children with step by step definitions of what each phrase of the Preamble means in laymen's terms. Catrow provides an easy to understand interpretation of the US Constitution.

This can be considered an informational text because it provides readers with knowledge on a specific topic. It also has an author's note at the beginning of the book to tell readers why it was impor
Memory Kopp
Mar 12, 2014 Memory Kopp rated it really liked it
I found this book to be wonderfully informative and fun at the same time. David Catrow, who is an artist and political cartoonist uses his own experience learning a difficult subject and tries to make it easier to others. His use of these fun three kids and their goofy dog help to explain the difficult meaning behind the Preamble to the Constitution. Catrow begins this story with his personal experience about learning about the constitution and how confusing it was to him and wishing that there ...more
Elizabeth Woodruff
Mar 30, 2016 Elizabeth Woodruff rated it it was amazing
David Catrow does wonders with the preamble of the Constitution of the United States. He makes it fun and relatable through pictures. His illustrations are clever and funny. This book could be used for many ages. I would even read this book to Jr. High kids! This book is extrememly kid friendly. This book will not looking boring, but fun to read.

I love this book! David Catrow has become one of my favorite illustrators. He makes big things, like the preamble, easy to picture and understand. I ad
Gianna Parisi
Apr 28, 2014 Gianna Parisi rated it it was amazing
I love how in the beginning the author flashes back to when he was in school listening to his teacher recite the constitution. He talks about the big words they used in the olden days and how it confused him. I feel as if so many students will connect with him right off the bat and want to keep reading. Also I love how he defines the big ideas right in the beginning for kids. David Catrow is a cartoon artist and his drawings in this book are cartoony, inviting, colorful, and most importantly int ...more
Kory Bootsma
Feb 12, 2015 Kory Bootsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545-class2
We the People is a book that retells the preamble to the U.S. Constitution in a visual format with the intent of displaying what the constitutional words mean. Each page is illustrated in brightly lit colors and depict children and dogs "modeling" an example of the written ideas contained within the preamble. Because the vocabulary words are at a higher reading level, the author delicately balances 3-5 word stanzas with their illustrative counterparts so as not to overpower the reader with exten ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: social-studies
This book is the preamble of the United States Constitution. This is an abstract concept for smaller children but this book allows for different ways to relate the preamble to smaller children. The beginning of the book restates the preamble in child friendly terms. It also has child friendly pictures as the dog in each picture shows what that part of the preamble is meant to mean. This book can be used to teach children about rules and laws within the country, state, or even more closely relate ...more
Calie Youmans
Nov 27, 2015 Calie Youmans rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
We the Kids follows three children and a dog as they get ready for a camping adventure, but this adventure is told through the Preamble. Just as the historical document starts out with "We the People of the United States," we're introduced to the kids and their dog, with a huge book bag. The Preamble goes on, then, so does the story: They find themselves forming a More Perfect Union by finding their camping site, promoting the General Welfare by telling stories around a campfire, and securing th ...more
Katelyn Krigbaum
In the book We the Kids is a story about a couple of kids who go on an adventure with their dog. It goes through all the parts of the preamble and makes it easier for children to understand what is meant in the preamble. It also has really great illustrations that go along with the text. The pictures are water color and has cartoon-like characters and it creates a beautiful illustration of the scene. The illustrations compliment the text well and shows what is being said in the text. This a grea ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catrow begins with an easily-accessible glossary to the preamble words and meanings, and then each preamble clause is given its own page and illustration. The illustrations are densely colored and visually appealing; they have characterization and also extend and add to the plotline. Some of them add humor, as well, such as the family moving in the first clause and having their dog carry all of their belongings. Therefore, the narration truly comes from the illustrations, as opposed to the text. ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Hailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-lit
The Constitution is something that kids don't really know much about, but David Catrow illustrated the preamble so that kids would be able to understand it easier.
I love this book because it makes something that is so important to our history something kids will understand. I also really like any books by David Catrow because his pictures act out the story so well and brings it to life. I did not like how short the book was though.
I would for sure use this book in my class if I had younger stud
Alayna Pope
Apr 24, 2016 Alayna Pope rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I really enjoyed this book! It's all about the preamble to the constitution. I really love David Catrow's work. I really liked that he included a foreword in the beginning. It also described what each part of the preamble meant in words that children can understand. It's important for students to know the preamble! I loved the story that his pictures created in the background as well. Innocent children camping in the backyard is so cute. I could use this book in my classroom when talking about o ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: information-book
I remember when I had to learn the preamble in school and it was very difficult for me to do. "We the People", illustrated by David Catrow, takes The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States and illustrates it in a way that is kid friendly. Cartrow writes in the forward of this book that when he was in fifth grade he remembers his teacher talking about The Preamble as big ideas, using big words. To him the Constitution was a "kind of how-to-book, showing us ways to have happiness, safet ...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
Apr 17, 2013 Jenna Sommerkamp rated it really liked it
We The Kids, by David Catrow is a fun and unique book that helps students learn about the Preamble and what it really means. The author begins by telling his experience when learning the preamble, but then goes to break it down in more generic and fun terms so that students can understand. The story teaches the Preamble and all about it through a story of three children and their dog on a camping trip. Their actions on the trip match phrases from the preamble.
The illustrations in the book are c
Nov 27, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: informative
This is one of the first informative children's books I recall reading, first in a long time anyway. When I saw it dealt with the Preamble to the Constitution, I was anxious to see how the author and illustrator made the Constitution interesting and fun for kids to learn about. I did make the mistake of jumping right in and skipping the first couple of pages of intro information. I was reading a book and thought the pictures were bright and colorful but thought those pictures may have been distr ...more
Apr 18, 2013 B rated it it was amazing
This children’s picture informational book is a wonderful resource to introduce young children to the lengthy, wordy, and a times abstract ideas behind the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States. David Catrow masterfully and accurately depicted the parts of small words and phrases. The use of three small and diverse children and their trusty dog embark on a full filled adventure camping in their backyard as the words of the Preamble are described on a level that the young readers can ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-blog
The Preamble to the Constitution is illustrated here using a group of kids and a dog going on a camping trip. Each clause of the Preamble has its own two page spread. Catrow’s illustrations are rich in detail, often very funny detail. Some of the illustrations make sense the first time through. For instance, “establish Justice” has a picture of one of the kids pointing out the rules of the campout to the other two kids and the dog. Some of the illustrations are a little harder to fit together wi ...more
Logan Draper
Dec 03, 2013 Logan Draper rated it it was amazing
We the Kids is a very unique informational book about the Preamble to the Constitution. David Catrow begins the book with an introduction where he discusses learning the Preamble for the firs time in fifth grade, and how it was very confusing because he had no context for what the words really meant. The introduction continues, and Catrow explains how he views the Constitution as a how to book to keep Americans safe and happy. Then, the story begins, and the reader is introduced to the Preamble, ...more
Diressa Belcher
Nov 22, 2013 Diressa Belcher rated it it was amazing
'We the Kids," is such an amazing book! The book break down the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Students often have fear of historical documents because they are not in kid-friendly language. This book changes that through friendly language! Children may look at the illustrations and know exactly what is happening. The beginning of the book provides a breakdown of exactly what the preamble means. It means:
Preamble- the first part of something
We the people of the United State-
Aug 02, 2011 Dolly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, 2011
We loved the book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! that was illustrated by David Catrow, so when we found this book, I hoped it would be great. I am afraid that I like the idea of the book more than I liked the book. It was informative and has a simple purpose: to explain the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States. It accomplishes its goal, but feels awkward. There's a long introduction that explains the whole preamble, and then several pages of illustrations that are supposed to depict t ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: information-book
We The Kids, is an excellent source in teaching student the the Preamble really means. In the beginning of the book it tells the authors short story about his experience with learning the preamble. Then it breaks it down into kids friendly terms. This really will help students understand that it's not just a bunch of old words that don't make any sense. After explaining what it means, the Preamble is recited again and this time it tells a story of three kids and their dog going on a camping trip ...more
Meredith Bush
Jun 26, 2014 Meredith Bush rated it really liked it
The sole text in the book is the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. The text is accompanied by funny illustrations that help to depict what the words of the Preamble mean. It also has a glossary at the front of the book that describes each line of the Preamble in child friendly terms. This would be a good book to use in the classroom when trying to teach students about civic participation in relation to creating rules and discussing the purpose of rules.
Ashley Campbell
Nov 27, 2012 Ashley Campbell rated it it was amazing
We the Kids is a GREAT story that takes the reader step by step through the constitution's preamble! David Catrow begins the book with a small excerpt "You definitely don't have to be a grown-up to understand what our Constitution's Preamble is about. My dog Bubbs will even help explain it to you." The story goes line by line of the Constitution's Preamble, explained by kids who are going camping. For example, "establish justice" is illustrated by a kid in a coonskin hat pointing to written rule ...more
Jennifer Velez
This is a very cute book that explains a very important part of a document in America's History. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States is many times even hard for adults to understand because of the big words that it contains. David Catrow did a very well job at illustrating and connecting the Preamble of the Constitution to the three little kids in the book. If the students look very closely to the illustrations they can get an idea of what those big words mean. Also what I real ...more
Maddie Taylor
Mar 31, 2016 Maddie Taylor rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book as well as the illustrator! I think the characters are so cute!! The book breaks down the preamble to the Constitution of the United States for kids to easily understand. This book would be VERY beneficial in teaching students the Preamble. It provides fun pictures as well! I definitely would love to have this book in my library! I would say this is one of my favorite books so far!
Hannah O'Hearn
Mar 31, 2016 Hannah O'Hearn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
David Catrow puts the words of the preamble of the constitution to illustrations that will help kids understand what the words mean. I think David Catrow is a very talented illustrator and I love the illustration in this book. He used pictures of kids going on a camping trip to portray that meaning of the Constitution and I think that is very creative. I would definitely use this in a class to introduce the constitution.
Cassie Houck
Feb 02, 2016 Cassie Houck rated it it was amazing
The Preamble of the Constitution was written many many years ago, but David Catrow illustrated it just for children. It had a picture for each phrase and was divided up so kids could learn it more easily.

I loved his sense of humor and the way his pictures described the text in a kid friendly way.

I would definitely have this in my classroom, whether I was teaching 2nd grade or even 11th grade American history.
Emily Horn
Apr 23, 2015 Emily Horn rated it really liked it
Shelves: information-book
This book was basically the words to the preamble of the constitution and then pictures that were kid friendly, so this would be a great book to teach elementary students with about social students. It takes the students on an adventure themselves.Personally, when I was in elementary I would have definitely rather have read this than the text book version of the preamble.
Jonathan Andrew
Feb 01, 2016 Jonathan Andrew rated it liked it
This book was very simply the preamble to the constitution. Each page had only a few words from the preamble, but had large fun drawings that exhibited that particular part of the preamble. I loved the illustrations - they were easy to relate to. This would be a fantastic way to help kids learn the preamble because it showed it in a fun, real life way.
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David Catrow's favorite subject in school was math. Why? Well, Mr. Hirsch's class was where Catrow did some of his best drawings! Catrow's zany illustrations have illuminated over 30 books for kids, and his editorial cartoons are syndicated in more than 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Not bad for someone who started out as a pre-med major at Kent State and later worked as a paramedic for te ...more
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