Gr 3-4-Sobol spent 10 days accompanying Texas Governor Ann W. Richards as she fulfilled her daily commitments. What has emerged from this experience is not a biography, but rather an engaging photo-essay of an energetic, outgoing, and outspoken woman whose work appears to consist largely of meeting with, talking to, and listening to all sorts of people. Readers are not offered much insight into the nonpublic side of this very complex woman; nor will they gain much of an understanding of the duties and functions of her office or the demands that such a position make on an official's personal life. Sobol is obviously an admirer of Richards and that fact is made quite clear. The text is serviceable, but it is the full-photographs that give the book whatever texture it has. While Governor is unlikely to prove a useful source for research into either the workings of the government or the life of the current Texas governor, it is nevertheless sufficiently interesting as a ``slice of life'' to warrant purchase in collections that need additional examples of positive women role models.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Most adults began to recognize the attractive, feisty governor of Texas during the 1991 Democratic Convention, and children now have the opportunity to get to know her in Sobol's photobiography, which includes plenty of photos in full color. The book is an obvious purchase for Texas libraries, but it should be considered by others as well. A readable look at one of the few major female politicians in the country, the account broadens the Texas perspective by looking at the role of the governor of any state. What's more, Richard's discussion of family and its importance in spite of her high-powered job will help children put both professions in perspective. The governor's well-known humor is somewhat subdued throughout the main text, but the section "Getting to Know Ann Richards" at the end of the book exposes her famous wit.