America Votes: How Our President Is Elected


Kids shouldn't have to wait until they're old enough to vote to get caught up in the excitement of presidential elections! From the first primaries, through the party conventions, to the final count at the polls, the race for the presidency is a whirlwind of passionate speeches, sensational campaigns and new beginnings that every American can be a part of!
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Kids shouldn't have to wait until they're old enough to vote to get caught up in the excitement of presidential elections! From the first primaries, through the party conventions, to the final count at the polls, the race for the presidency is a whirlwind of passionate speeches, sensational campaigns and new beginnings that every American can be a part of!
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Editorial Reviews

Solid research, a detached perspective (originally from Massachusetts, Granfield now lives in Canada), and respect for her audience provide a sound basis for the presentation, which is lightened by humorous asides and a keen sense of what will interest children.
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.
Children's Literature
In time for the next presidential election, this book is just the ticket to explain the process to young readers. One-page chapters, liberally illustrated with humorous cartoons and caricatures of former presidents, are filled with information that is presented in a lively manner. Once it is established who is eligible to vote and the importance of that right, readers hit the campaign trail. Primaries, conventions, campaign slogans, financing, press coverage, and debates are carefully described. The dual party system, complete with elephants, donkeys, lame ducks and also-rans, as well as the left and the right are succinctly outlined. Timely in its analysis of election tabulations, the 2000 debacle is remembered in its sidebar "What a Chad, Chad Story." The breezy tone of the writing and the ease with which a complicated process is made understandable makes this very accessible to kids and a perfect choice for teachers to supplement units on the democratic system. Who knows, it might inspire some kids to run for office someday. 2003, Kids Can Press, Ages 9 to 12.
— Beverley Fahey
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553379898
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Granfield has won many awards for her non-fiction/history titles for young readers and adults including the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. Her books include In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, Canada Votes and America Votes. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated over seventy books for children. He lives and votes in Irvine, California.

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Table of Contents

The Right to Vote--Your Right to Vote 4
Who Can Vote? 6
"We Insist ..." 8
Voices Finally Heard 10
You Can Vote, but You Can't ... 12
Say It Louder, Please! 14
Wanted: A Few Good Ballots 16
"One, Two, Three, Four ..." 18
Practice, Practice, Practice! 20
Get on the List! 22
Your Representatives in Congress 24
What Does the President Do? 26
No College Degrees Given Here! 28
Let's Have a Party 30
Third, Fourth, Twelfth ... Parties 32
Primary Action 34
Party Time 36
"Getting to Know You ..." 38
Campaign Bits and Bites 40
Have Slogan--Will Run 42
Pass the 'Lection Cake, Please! 44
The Race Is On 46
Animal Farm 48
You Say ... I Say ... 50
"How Do I Look and Sound?" 52
Run for the Money 54
Watch Out for Ms. Krime! 56
Election Day at Last! 58
We Won! 60
Glossary 62
Index 64
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