The U. S. Presidency (First Facts Our Government Series)by Muriel L. Dubois, Jennifer Schonborn, Christine Peterson, Kate M. Gregg, Steven S. Smith
Introduces the executive branch of the United States government and the role of the president.
Children's LiteratureExplaining how our federal government works to a primary school student can be a formidable task. Making it simple enough to be understandable yet also relevant to a child's life is challenging. The U.S. Presidency, one of four books in the "First Facts-Our Government" series, succeeds in meeting this challenge. Laid out like a mini-textbook, the book includes a table of contents, a hands-on exercise, glossary, bibliography, and index. Each two-page "chapter" is headed by a simple title and an easy-to-read explanation of five to six sentences accompanied by a full-page photo. The book covers all the basics of the Presidency: who is eligible, how that person is elected, the leadership role that person assumes and a typical day. Mention is also made of the White House and the President's Cabinet. Interesting "fun facts" are scattered throughout. The book also features the FactHound, an Internet site with a direct link for this book. When FactHound, "the fact-finding hound dog" fetches related web information, it links the student to several kid-friendly web sites offering additional information on the U.S. Presidency and the U.S. Government. Easy to read, colorful, interesting and informative, this is a government "textbook" that primary school students will enjoy using. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 9.
School Library JournalGr 2-4-The best that can be said for these books is that they have decent full-color photographs and additional facts and information at the back. While the writing overall is inconsistent, it is somewhat better in Presidency and Senate. House is quite clunky, and could be confusing for children trying to make sense of the ways of Washington. For example, before readers get to the section describing just what the House is, they read about a nonprofit organization called "Kids Voting USA." Readers are told that, through this group, children can vote for different national leaders and that 38 states of the Union are members. No further information is given on this group, but a glance at the "Kids Voting USA" Web site tells that actually 30 states are members. Only those who read Presidency will learn that citizens cannot vote in actual elections until they are 18. The difference between the House and Senate and their relationship are clearer in Senate. Presidency does a decent job of explaining the history, role, and routines of the president. Stick with the "True Books" (Children's) on Congress and the Presidency.-Jennifer England, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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