What will you be doing June 15, 2015? If you enjoy such fundamental rights as freedom of speech, religion, and the right to a speedy trial by your peers, you might want to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.
Considered the foundation of liberty, there will be celebrations around the world including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Australia. The delightful new book, Rupert’s Parchment: Story of Magna Carta by award winning author and historical preservationist Eileen Cameron, provides an authentic experience for children to share this historic event through the eyes of a child who lived during the Middle Ages.
Educational, historical and fun for children ages six through eleven, Rupert’s Parchment introduces children to the powerful document responsible for our personal freedoms, as well as highlights:
- Historical Children’s Fiction – giving children an authentic experience as they share in the signing of Magna Carta
- How Magna Carta inspired American founding documents – when the founding fathers’ rights as Englishmen were challenged by the British crown, they rebelled to fight for their freedom
- Where it all began – the freedom for the rights of all regardless of income, race, orientation or religion
- The 800th Anniversary and celebrations scheduled throughout the world
- Church and State – the role the Bishop of Canterbury played in Magna Carta
- Includes an educational glossary, definitions, and side-by-side comparison of Magna Carta with the Bill of Rights
Eileen Cameron is a noted author of books for young readers including Canyon, G is for the Garden State, and her newest release, Rupert’s Parchment, Story of Magna Carta. She earned an MPA at NYU and has served on numerous historical preservation boards, including the Lifeguard Board at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Cameron is currently a trustee of the Washington Association of New Jersey. She studied writing for children at numerous institutions including the New School and divides her time between Florida and a green New Jersey valley near historic Washington’s Headquarters.
Cameron‘s G is for the Garden State was chosen by the Official NJ 350th Anniversary Committee in 2014 as one of 101 Books of New Jersey, and was noted by the NJ Library Association’s One Book New Jersey in 2014 as the selection for Children’s Book Category for the 350th Anniversary of NJ. Her other title, Canyon, won the 2002 Bank Street College award for One of the Best Non-fiction Books of the Year and was a nominee for the Bee Hive Award in Utah.
Doris Ettlinger has illustrated over thirty children’s books including The Orange Shoes and A Book for Black-Eyed Susan.