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Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
     

Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts

by Syl Sobel, J.D.
 

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Young readers will be fascinated by attention-catching facts as they read about major presidential campaigns, from George Washington’s election in 1789 to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008. Questions answered include: Who can run for president? ... Who can vote? ... What is the Electoral College? ... What is a third-party candidate? ... What if

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Young readers will be fascinated by attention-catching facts as they read about major presidential campaigns, from George Washington’s election in 1789 to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008. Questions answered include: Who can run for president? ... Who can vote? ... What is the Electoral College? ... What is a third-party candidate? ... What if something happens to the president? Unusual facts kids will discover include: Which Republican president had a Democrat for his vice president? ... Who was the only U.S. President to be elected for more than two terms? Which candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election? ... Why was President Truman happy in 1948, when he read the Chicago Tribune headline that declared: "Dewey Defeats Truman"? Syl Sobel's account is guaranteed to enliven history and social studies classes, as boys and girls learn about some of the most important events in the history of presidential elections.

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Children's Literature
This book is crammed with information but still written in a way that children can understand. The book is organized to parallel the election process and includes the rules for the electoral college, the primaries, and campaigning. While there are succinct explanations and definitions of a caucus and the procedure for succession, there is also trivia, for example, the three pairs of relatives who have been president and the Chicago Tribune's announcement of Dewey's win. 2000, Barron's, $6.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Just in time for this year's presidential election, this slim paperback offers clear, concise explanations of the constitutional rules for electing a president, the role of campaigns and conventions, the order of succession if a president dies, and lots of interesting tidbits of historical information about the presidents. Did you know, for example, that the term "first lady" was first applied to Lucy Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877? The blue line drawings are adequate though not enticing; the chapter on the perennially confusing electoral college does not entirely clear up that confusion with its sidebar on candidates who won the popular vote, lost the electoral vote and therefore lost the election. The book includes a glossary, index and bibliography and would serve well as a supplement to social studies texts in upper elementary and middle school. 2000, Barron's Educational Series Inc., Ages 9 to 15, $6.95. Reviewer: Karen Leggett—Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764147975
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author


Syl Sobel, J.D., is Director, Publications & Media Division, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., and the author of several books for young readers that describe how government works.

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