Betty Lou describes her campaign and the things she would do if she were elected president.
Children's LiteratureSesame Street's own Betty Lou decides that she wants to be president after she sees the president's motorcade and watches him give a speech on television. Betty Lou describes what she will do as president through simple text and excellent illustrations. For example, Betty Lou tells readers that the "President's job is so big that she needs helpers (who are called members of the Cabinet)." This is illustrated with Betty Lou sitting at the head of a table filled with her cabinet members, who are discussing important business and providing advice. As an introduction to political science, this book succeeds admirably, and having a girl aspire to be president is a nice touch. It provides preschoolers with a basic understanding of the president's responsibilities and some of the accoutrements of the job. The text also makes clear that the people of the United States must elect their president. This title is one in the "Jellybean Books" series, which is designed for a preschool audience. 2000 (orig. 1993), Jellybean Books/Random House, $2.99. Ages 3 to 5. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
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