If I Ran for Presidentby Catherine Stier, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate
Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts!
If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results-will you be the next president of the United States?
A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story. The author, Catherine Stier, is no stranger to politics-her previous book, If I Were President, looked at the various responsibilities of the president.
This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value. Six children take turns explaining the election process as if they were running for president. They discuss their decision to run, campaigning, primaries and conventions, debating, being interviewed, meeting the public, voting, and being sworn in on Inauguration Day. Stier does a good job of explaining election details, both in an introductory note about electoral votes and in the text itself. The fact that one must be 35 years of age is only mentioned in the note. The author adds flavor by providing humorous examples, such as the need to smile despite indigestion. However, the multiple narrators can be confusing. One must rely on the illustrations to know which child is speaking, and sometimes it is not apparent at first glance. The lively cartoons cheerfully clarify the action and reinforce the concepts. Libraries will want to consider this kid-friendly title.
Barbara KatzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value."
School Library Journal
"Children will come away with a better understanding of the complex election-process, and, just maybe, an enduring respect for it."
"This is a campaign to yearn for, all issues and not a spin doctor in sight."
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If I Ran For President
By Catherine Stier, Lynne Avril
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2007 Catherine Stier
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It's fun to imagine running for the highest office in the land—and maybe becoming president of the United States of America. After all, the president is famous, makes lots of important decisions, and lives in a really cool mansion.
There are rules written in our Constitution about who can be president. A person must be thirty-five years old, so a kid really couldn't be president. Also, a person running for president must be a citizen who was born in the United States and has lived here for at least fourteen years. That's it! You can be president if you are a man or a woman. You can be president whether your parents were born in the United States or anywhere else in the world.
When citizens vote in November every four years, they are not voting directly for president and vice-president even though they mark their candidates' names on the ballot. They are voting for a group of people from their state called electors. In December, the electors cast their states' official votes (called electoral votes) for president and vice-president. The formal announcement of the winners is not until January, but usually it's clear on election night in November who has won.
Each elector votes for the candidates who won the people's vote (called the popular vote) in his or her state. Each state has a set number of electors, equal to the number of its senators and representatives in Congress. Altogether, there are 538 electors (including 3 for Washington, D.C., although it is not a state). When a candidate has received 270 electoral votes, he or she has won the presidential or vice-presidential election. This complicated system, which we call the electoral college, is outlined in the Constitution.
Running for president is surely an exhausting but exciting time for a candidate. And who knows? Perhaps someday you will "toss your hat in the ring" to run for president of the United States of America!
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This is a good book for teaching jobs the President does to children. I bought this book to read to my 2nd graders. It has a little too much information in, so I just summarize some of the pages. This would be great for 3rd-5th grade during election time or Presidents' Day.
I highly recommend this book to teach young kids about the voting process in a fun way.