Title: Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! Author: Jean Fritz Illustrator: Tommie dePaola Publisher / Date: Penguin Group / 1997 Genre: Nonfiction, Picture Book Themes: History, US Constitution, Famous Americans Summary: It's summer time in Philadelphia in 1787 and there is a secret meeting of 55 representatives from 13 colonies. Can they keep it a secret? Can they agree? What do they talk about for sooooo long? Fritz examines these questions with a touch of humor dispersed with chunks of historic facts as she gives her voice to this historic moment in time that resulted in the US Constitution. Curriculum Connections: Grades 3-8 Social Studies: US Constitution, Famous Americans Notes: This is a creative but wordy text that may best be broken up into portions more appropriate for the attention span and interest level of the reader.