Children's Literature - Leslie Rounds
One of the series, "Know Your Government," this effort is geared toward very young readers/listeners. It features a paragraph of large print text on each page, and most pages also include a sharp, color photograph that generally depicts a recent member of Congress; although, there are also photographs of people lined up to vote, a soldier holding a child in Iraq, and students with a teacher that are used to illustrate a few of the points in this brief work. Topics covered in the short chapters include an explanation of what Congress is, a description of some of the roles it performs in the government, a description of how people become members of Congress, and a four person list, "Famous Members of Congress." Those listed are Barack Obama, John Quincy Adams, Jeannette Rankin (the first woman elected to Congress), and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Several words in the text are highlighted in bold print and appear in the glossary. They are, also, helpfully defined with a word or two in the text itself. The work includes a table of contents, an index, and a list of other information sources. Generally attractive, the series might be useful for large collections that need information on government for early primary grade students. The large print, picture book format will not hold as much appeal for later primary grade students that are more likely to be studying the topic. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Using simple language and basic descriptions, Gorman describes the roles of a governor, mayor, and member of Congress, outlines the officials' responsibilities, and explains how they get into office. A chapter on famous individuals who have held the positions is included. Full-color and black-and-white photographs appear on nearly every page, with clear and informative captions. Serviceable additions for young report writers.-Deborah Rothaug, Pasadena Elementary School, Plainview, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.