Grace for president (Grace) (#0567FA1)

by DiPucchio, Kelly S; illustrated by Pham, LeUyen

9 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Disney/Hyperion Books, c2008, p2012
Price: USD 17.53
Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 4.6
AR 4.6 LG .5 121418EN; LEX 570L
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 4-8
From Booklist: Grades 1-3; Kirkus: Ages 7-10; PW: Ages 5-9; SLJ: Gr 1-4; read the full-text reviews


 


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Overview
From Follett

After finding out there has never been a female U.S. president, Grace decides to run in her school's mock election, where she learns about the American electoral system and sets out to be the best person for the job even though her opponent, Thomas, seems to be winning all the boys' votes.

From the Publisher
A fresh, fun, and thought-provoking New York Times bestseller about the American electoral college and why every vote counts from bestselling and award-winning duo Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham.

Where are the girls?

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides she wants to be the nation's first and immediately jumpstarts her political career by running in her school's mock election! The race is tougher than she expected: her popular opponent declares that he's the best man for the job and seems to have captured the votes of all of the class's boys. But Grace is more determined than ever. Even if she can't be the best man for the job, she can certainly try to be the best person!

This timely story not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system but also teaches the value of hard work, courage, independent thought -- and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Books
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: Rev. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: Pham, LeUyen, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-42313-999-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-42313-999-7
  • Follett Number: 0567FA1
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Booklist: Grades 1-3
  • Kirkus: Ages 7-10
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 5-9
  • School Library Journal: Gr 1-4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.6
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 121418EN
  • Lexile: 570L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 02/15/08
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 03/01/08
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/08
  • Kirkus Reviews, 12/15/07
  • Library Media Connection starred, 08/01/08
  • New York Times, 02/17/08
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/28/08
  • School Library Journal, 02/01/08
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2008 (Vol. 104, No. 12))
Grades 1-3. DiPucchio and Pham are game gals. Explaining the electoral system to adults isn’t easy, but  they make it understandable to kids. When Mrs. Barrington shows her class pictures of the presidents, energetic African American Grace asks, “Where are the girls?” Responding to Grace’s shock, Mrs. Barrington arranges for an election in which Grace runs against Tom, with each of the remaining students in the multiethnic class representing a state. It looks like popular Tom will win since the boys have the most electoral votes, so Tom just sits back while Grace advances campaign promises. When the votes are counted, Sam, representing Wyoming (where the first woman was elected to the House), throws the winning votes to Grace, because he “thought she was the best person for the job.”  The attractive paint-and-collage art captures the excitement of the race in layouts as diverse as the kids. However, there’s one big problem in the author’s note, which explains why individuals should vote even if they are not electing directly: “It’s those individual votes from regular people that add up to become the popular vote in each state.” The concept of larger versus smaller states isn’t really explained, leaving the idea that the winner of the popular vote will be president. As Al Gore knows, that’s not true.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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