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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Election year is upon us and what better way to teach children about campaigning, voting, and the election process than through Cheryl and Peter Barnes’ critically-acclaimed book Woodrow for President!

Featuring Woodrow G. Washingtail, a civic-minded mouse with presidential ambitions, Woodrow for President follows Woodrow as he runs for…  See more details below

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Election year is upon us and what better way to teach children about campaigning, voting, and the election process than through Cheryl and Peter Barnes’ critically-acclaimed book Woodrow for President!

Featuring Woodrow G. Washingtail, a civic-minded mouse with presidential ambitions, Woodrow for President follows Woodrow as he runs for president of the United Mice of America.

Taking children on a journey from Woodrow’s schoolmouse days full of hard work and community service to his time as governor of Moussouri to his bid for president of the United Mice of America, Woodrow for President introduces children to campaigning, elections, volunteering, and more through this fun—and educational—story of one mouse’s dream to become the nation’s “Big Cheese.”

Featuring a contract for voting between parents and kids as well as fun activities such as “find the secret service agent” in every illustration, Woodrow for President is perfect for any child in K-4 who might one day aspire to be the “Commander in Cheese.”

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Editorial Reviews

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:
9781621570196
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
35 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peter and Cheryl Barnes are the author/illustrator team behind many books featuring animal characters that teach children about history and government, including the bestselling House Mouse, Senate Mouse, which teaches how Congress makes our laws, and Woodrow, the White House Mouse, about the White House and the job of the president. Peter is a journalist and broadcaster who reports on public policy issues in Washington, D.C. Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture. They live in Alexandria, Virginia, have two grown daughters, and are very proud grandparents of Tristan James Joyce.

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