How Rules and Laws Change Society

9781508166757. Turner, Joshua. The Purpose of Rules and Laws. ISBN 9781508166948.ea vol: 24p. (Civic Virtue: Let's Work Together). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. PowerKids. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $23.60.
Gr 3–5—The well-being of our communities depends heavily on their core values and the actions of their citizens. By simplifying these topics to things within a child's realm of awareness, Turner cleverly makes each issue accessible to the intended audience. Discussion starts small, using a typical classroom or school setting to illustrate an aspect of society, then broadens the focus to reflect how each subject first relates to the United States and then on an international scale, all the while stressing the importance of awareness and acceptance. Some volumes delve into the history of each idea and their evolution over time; others emphasize the value of being informed and taking action. The formatting is appealing and bold with eye-catching visuals that complement the text. The message here shines: only through working together can we better our communities for all.
VERDICT A strong, purposeful message makes this an attractive addition to large civics collections.Middle to High School

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