America Votes: How Our President is Elected

America Votes: How Our President is Elected

by Linda Granfield, Steve Bjorkman

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The paper-over-board America Votes: How Our President Is Elected by Linda Granfield, illus. by Steve Bjorkman, introduces many facets of presidential elections, with brief overviews on the history of voting rights for African-Americans and women, the types of voting machines now in use (including a sidebar about chads-"the tiny bit you punch out of paper with a hole-punch"-in the 2000 election), the role of the electoral college, the impact of TV in presidential campaigns and more. Brief timelines and biographies point out key events and players. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In 29 two-page chapters of clear, straightforward prose, the author explains the presidential election process, including its history, the two-party system, third parties, PACs, election fraud, also-rans, and more. This thorough overview is enlivened with examples drawn from history and children's own lives. Colorful cartoon drawings keep the pages animated and interesting. Granfield delights in the quirks of the system and devotes the chapter "Animal Farm" to animal metaphors, including the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant, and "Pass the 'Lection Cake, Please!" to foods associated with various presidents. The author emphasizes not only the right but also the responsibility to vote and indicates ways that even pre-voters can get involved. One quibble: the funny chapter titles and puns or wordplay could confuse the uninitiated; for example, "Let's Have a Party" is a history of political parties, but "Party Time" is about presidential conventions. An appealing resource for units on the U.S. government or civics.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
It's Election Year... Get Ready to Make Your Mark! Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.51(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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