Skip to main content

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

Review

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

Khizr Khan, a man who was born in Pakistan, became an American citizen after he came to the United States in 1950. His son was killed in Iraq when he was fighting there as a U.S. Army captain. As a citizen, Khan is passionate about his adopted country, and as a lawyer, Khan is passionate about the Constitution. Khan carries a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution everywhere he goes.

"It's easy to get a sense of Khan's familiarity of, and affection for, the Constitution as you read this book. He writes with a heart-felt passion that is both personal and informative."

Khan shares his love and passion for this remarkable document in this book. He starts with an introduction that outlines his reasons for writing this book and ends with a conclusion that encourages readers to learn more about the Constitution and how to uphold its principles. In between, he discusses the importance of the Constitution and the history of how it came about. Many text boxes and sidebars are included throughout the book where the author interjects personal commentary about the subject at hand.

Interestingly, Khan includes two versions of the Constitution: the first one is written in more modern-day language, making it easier for young readers to understand. The second one is the original text of the document. He also includes a copy of both the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, as well as a short explanation about several landmark Supreme Court cases that highlight the power and relevance of the Constitution.

It's easy to get a sense of Khan's familiarity of, and affection for, the Constitution as you read this book. He writes with a heart-felt passion that is both personal and informative.

It's also easy to tell that Khan has done his homework. He writes with the authority of someone who is well versed in his subject matter.

This book would make a great addition to a middle school civics class. Kahn explains important concepts in easy-to-understand terms.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on October 30, 2017

This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father
by Khizr Khan