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Author: Eileen Cameron
Illustrator: Coris Ettlinger
Publisher: Mascot Books – Smith Publicity
Published: April 1st, 2015
A superb telling of the signing of the Magna Carta, told as if from the experiences of twelve year old Rupert, the son of a parchment maker. The story is related in a manner that makes it easy to understand the significance of the events and the impact on the people at that time. The sections after the story give further details about Magna Carta, its contents and relevance to life and laws today not only in England, where it was signed, but in the USA, too, and the 1791 Bill of Rights there.
This is a great way in which to bring history to life in a way that children will easily understand and empathise with, especially relevant in this anniversary year of the original event. The illustrations are detailed and enhance the text and comprehension of events. This is a great book to help children consider life in the past and the impact of events from so long ago being still relevant today. I believe this book will prove invaluable to any teachers trying to explain events from this time period to their students.
Thanks to the author and publishers, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.