Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PICTURE BOOK: Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Grace for President

When Grace realizes our country has never had a woman president, she announces that some day she will be president. Her teacher thinks that is a great idea and a school election commences between Grace and a boy named Thomas. Grace realizes that winning the election (with electoral votes, campaign speeches and rallies) will be more difficult than she thought.

I had never heard of Grace before election week when one of the teachers at school asked if we had her story in the library. Even though election fever is likely "over" until 2016, I ordered a copy for the library anyway. I really enjoyed the story. The way the teachers in the book structured the election helps explain the electoral votes process. Grace is a great role model for political candidates (she fulfills some of her promises BEFORE the election). In some cases, the story could lead to some polarizing between boys and girls, but that can be addressed in a classroom discussion of the ending of the story.

4.5 out of 5 stars
AR reading level of 4.6

Recommended for: teachers looking for material to talk about elections, politics, and government.

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