Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

by Peter W. Barnes, Cheryl Barnes
     
 

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Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

Woodrow G. Washingtail was the governor of Moussouri. Now he is running for president of the United Mice of America! After working hard in school (and registering to vote at age 18!), Woodrow began his life of public service. He started as a volunteer in his community, then ran for town

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Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

Woodrow G. Washingtail was the governor of Moussouri. Now he is running for president of the United Mice of America! After working hard in school (and registering to vote at age 18!), Woodrow began his life of public service. He started as a volunteer in his community, then ran for town council, then mayor and then statewide office. Now he is in the race of his career, as he campaigns, debates, makes speeches, and meets the voters. Will he win the primaries? Will he win on Election Day? Will he become the nation’s “Big Cheese”? Cast your vote for Woodrow for President and find out!

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
The third in the "Mouse" series designed "to teach children about history and government," this edition follows Woodrow G. Washingtail as he seeks election to the office of President of the U.S. Following a short biography of the amazing Woodrow, the rhyming text relates the processes by which a candidate organizes a campaign, represents a political party, debates opponents, attends the convention, travels the country campaigning and becomes elected to office all accompanied by a myriad of folky, cartoon-like illustrations. There is a lot of text for the target audience, but it is a complicated process to explain to youngsters. Perhaps, the combination of the rhyming text and the cute illustrations will keep their attention. There are pages of resources for parents and teachers to make sure they understand the election process plus a contract for children and their parents to sign promising their participation in the affairs of their community and nation. The book is timely since a president will be elected this year. Guided Reading level N. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1�3—The election process is explained through the story of Woodrow G. Washingtail, "all-American mouse of renown," who seems like a candidate on whom most people can agree. He is such a responsible community member that he is asked to run for town council. From then on he becomes mayor, state, senator, governor, and finally president. Along the way, campaign organization, political parties, primaries, debates, national conventions, and voting procedures are explained. The rhyming text is awkward at times, but children can learn a great deal about how elections work, and the story is secondary to the book's educational purpose. Adults will recognize references such as "ask not what your nation can do for you…" and "be your own point of light," but the book maintains a bipartisan, objective tone. While the watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are not highly polished, they are appealing and cheerful. For election-year stories that are somewhat more entertaining, try Doreen Cronin's Duck for President (S & S, 2004), Jarrett Krosoczka's Max for President (Knopf, 2004), or Kelly DiPucchio's Grace for President (Hyperion, 2008).—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A mouse with a smile as wide as Ike's and outstretched arms as expansive as Nixon's runs a successful campaign for the presidency. Woodrow G. Washingtail of Moussouri, born with a political spoon in his teeth, grows up to be an "all-American mouse of renown" and marries his Bess. He leads an exemplary small-town life, runs for town council, mayor, state senate and "governor of the whole state!" He then declares his candidacy for the nation's "Big Cheese" as the choice of the Bull Mouse party. The husband-and-wife writing and illustrating team go on to describe the entire presidential campaign process, with information on political parties, primaries, debates, conventions, campaigns and inauguration. Woodrow is, of course, elected as "the hope of all mice, the hope of a nation" after an all-around clean and wholesome crusade. The entire "tail" is written in quatrains with an AABB rhyming scheme. Unfortunately, maintaining this structure often leads to awkward scanning and phrasing. A surfeit of puns wears thin, as Hairry King conducts an interview, Mousechusetts attends the National Convention and Senator Ed Mouse-ski debates. Amateurishly drawn full-page cartoon illustrations owe much to Richard Scarry, but are crowded and too full of toothy smiles. Vote--but not for this candidate. (resources for parents and teachers, additional information and activities, reproducible "contract to vote.") (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596987869
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
05/21/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
547,362
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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