America Votes, How Our President is Elected!
What You Need to Know:|
• This book provides a nice introduction to the United States government.
• It delivers easy to understand explanations of each component of the government.
• The definitions of words (ballot) and concepts (multiparty system) are useful.
• Readers will be intrigued by some interesting facts, e.g. that the GOP stands for Grand Old Party.
• Older children will find this book a good resource for school projects.
• Some facts stand out as they are highlighted outside the main body of text.
• Some controversial subjects like fraud in voting are discussed.
America Votes is a nice overview of the United States government and how our president is elected. It covers a wide range of topics including the importance of voting, who gets to vote and the history behind the process. It also explains how Congress works, what the President does and what happens during a campaign. Some important facts are highlighted outside the main body of text. A great deal of information is covered and there is a lot of text, but there is still plenty of white space and there are illustrations to help move the story along. It is a good choice for a read-aloud as it may trigger questions and discussion.
2005, 64 pages
Government, Non-Fiction, Reference
• Do you think it is important to vote? Why?
• Should you vote for someone just because your friend does?
• Are there any skills that you use in school (like listening to others) that would be useful in the White House?
• Would you like to run for public office someday?
• What kinds of changes would you make if you were President of the United States?
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