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Grace for President
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"Where are the girls?"
When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election!
Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.
"DiPucchio (Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom!) delivers a lively and well-timed lesson on the electoral system. Grace, dismayed to learn there has never been a female U.S. president, announces she'd like to hold that office someday. Calling it a 'star-spangled idea,' the teacher organizes an election, with each student representing a different state and casting its allotted number of electoral votes. Depicted with comical hyperbole in Pham's (Freckleface Strawberry) characteristic style, Grace's superstar opponent is smart, popular, athletic Thomas. Shrewdly calculating that the boys hold more electoral votes than the girls, Thomas studies and plays soccer while Grace diligently delivers speeches, offers free cupcakes, holds rallies and even begins to fulfill her campaign promises (the text doesn't comment on the other obvious difference: Thomas is white and Grace is a child of color). Not surprisingly, a boy casts the winning ballot for Grace, proclaiming her 'the best person for the job.' High-spirited images include Grace posing as Lady Liberty, speaking from the top of a bunting-draped jungle gym and kissing a baby. (The don't-miss-it picture is at the beginning, of kids looking at a poster containing the presidents' portraits, all of them rendered to an almost photographic likeness by Pham). An endnote clarifies the workings of the Electoral College. Ages 5-9. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Grace for President" is an excellent picture book on the campaign process. During a lesson on the United States presidents, Grace is shocked to learn that no woman has ever been president. When she announces to the class her ambitious plans to seek the highest office, the other students are derisive. But Grace's teacher recognizes a teachable moment and invites another class to participate in a mock... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) election. Each student will represent a state and cast that state's electoral college votes. Grace's rival candidate is the smart, popular and athletic Thomas Cobb. He figures out that if all the boys vote for him and the girls vote for Grace, he will win because the boy's states have more electoral votes. Sweet! Let's just say that all does not turn out as expected. Lisa Von Drasek is the children's librarian of the Bank Street College of Education. She teaches children's literature in addition to reviewing children's books. Reviewed by Lisa Von Drasek, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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About the Author
Kelly DiPucchio (www.kellydipucchio.com) has written several children's picture books including the New York Times bestseller Grace for President, Bed Hogs, Liberty's Journey, and Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! A graduate of Michigan State University, Kelly lives in southern Michigan with her husband and three children.
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