The State Legislative Branch

The State Legislative Branch

by Mary Firestone
     
 

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Provides an introduction to the legislative branch of state government, how legislators are elected, and how a bill becomes law.

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Provides an introduction to the legislative branch of state government, how legislators are elected, and how a bill becomes law.

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Children's Literature
The local governmental branch of the legislature is explored in this nonfiction picture book. This volume is part of Capstone Press's "First Facts on Our Government" series. The pages feature a picture, text, and a fun fact. The pictures help illustrate the concepts while the fun facts give the reader an interesting tid-bit to contemplate, such as state legislators must live in the state they represent. The concepts, however, may challenge young readers as the book presents the information in haphazardly. For example, the first section discusses how children can help legislators. Then, an explanation of the legislative branch follows. The last section gives step-by-step instructions on how kids can contact their legislator. The first section seems to fit better towards the end. Also, while the pictures match the text, the front cover needs further consideration. The picture of the seated legislator right of the speaker may offend some teachers or parents. On the positive side, the book features a handy glossary, a list of reference books, and an Internet site for further research. Overall, this book presents valuable information, but it could use re-editing. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Patricia Silverberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736846905
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
U. S. Government Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Long:

Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts.

Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife.

Short:

Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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