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If I Ran For President Paperback – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807535443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807535448
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1–3—This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value. Six children take turns explaining the election process as if they were running for president. They discuss their decision to run, campaigning, primaries and conventions, debating, being interviewed, meeting the public, voting, and being sworn in on Inauguration Day. Stier does a good job of explaining election details, both in an introductory note about electoral votes and in the text itself. The fact that one must be 35 years of age is only mentioned in the note. The author adds flavor by providing humorous examples, such as the need to smile despite indigestion. However, the multiple narrators can be confusing. One must rely on the illustrations to know which child is speaking, and sometimes it is not apparent at first glance. The lively cartoons cheerfully clarify the action and reinforce the concepts. Libraries will want to consider this kid-friendly title.—Barbara Katz, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value."

School Library Journal

"Children will come away with a better understanding of the complex election-process, and, just maybe, an enduring respect for it."

Booklist

"This is a campaign to yearn for, all issues and not a spin doctor in sight."

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More About the Author

Catherine Stier, a former Midwesterner, now lives deep in the heart of Southwest Texas on the edge of the beautiful Hill Country. Her children's books have received honors and awards from the Society of School Librarians International, the International Reading Association and the Bank Street College of Education.

Stier has served as a frequent contributor to Woman's Day Magazine and as a newspaper columnist. Her work has also appeared in Highlights for Children, My Friend and Child Life and several newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times and the San Antonio Express-News.

Stier's lively and interactive Author's Visit programs have entertained, educated and inspired thousands of children. Visit Catherine Stier's website at www.catherinestier.com for more information, activities and free curriculum guides.

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Fun book for kids who have already studied elections -- this book offers very good visuals.
M. Heiss
Parents and Teachers will find this book to be a great teaching tool for children to understand the sometimes hard to understand election process.
T. Louks
If I Ran for President summarizes a presidential candidates journey from dreaming about being president to Inauguration Day.
J. Davis

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Cup VINE VOICE on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Yes, we have been checking out a lot of books about elections and voting since we are right in the middle of a presidential election year, and I have alot of opinions about the quality of books that are out there for children. I really liked "Grace for President" (I reviewed that one as well). I felt that Doreen Cronin's book, "Duck for President" was written more to poke fun at the process than explain it to kids so that they can understand how things are really supposed to work. But this book, I LOVE!

This book takes a very complex subject about our election process (which itself is confusing, even to adults) in the United States and breaks it down in to easily understood concepts that run from the beginning stages of announcing your candidacy through actually winning the election and being sworn in to office. Kids learn about the two party system (yes, the Libertarians are left out), the electoral college, primaries, campaigning, and campaign promises. I loved that the author chose not to dumb down the information, but instead used words that kids understand to explain how elections work. It is an excellent factual book, and the story is engaging enough for children that it will keep their attention while they learn about serious, important subject matter. It is an excellent primer that should be a requirement to be used by teachers who are doing an introduction to our country's election system. Maybe the author could send a copy to Hilary Clinton so that she too, can underand it doesn't matter what the poular vote says, it is the electoral college that counts! Just kidding to all you Hilary fans out there--no need to comment! FIVE BIG STARS to Catherine Stier for tackling a complex, complicated subject and making it enjoyable for children to learn.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BI Consultant on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was very helpful in teaching first graders about the election process. It explains so much in a breif and entertaining way that holds the attention of our young listeners. I liked the way it explained the election and voting process using accurate vocabulary without being overly wordy or boring. This book was a great find during an election year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. McNeil on January 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
If I Ran For President was awesome, my 8 year old enjoyed this book. He read it in one day he could not put this book down. It explained the rules of the presidential campaign to the fullest,and each illustration gave wonderful understanding. Thank you Catherine Stier and Lynne Avril
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Louks on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ben is a young genius, of sorts, and summarizes what he would do if he ran for president. Ben goes over hard decisions, former presidents, speeches, and campaigning. Then the books shifts into other children wanting to run for president including Claire and Marco. Overall, I strongly believe this book should be introduced to promote civics in children's lives. Parents and Teachers will find this book to be a great teaching tool for children to understand the sometimes hard to understand election process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guide Mom on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the most entertaining and informative book on elections that I have come across. As a homeschoooler it has been a struggle to find an entertaining as well informative source to help explain the election process to my 1st grader. This book spells it out in simple language and straight forward illustrations.
We have just finished a two week "Five In A Row" style unit study based completely on this book

Well Done! I too highly recommend Grace for President
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If I Ran for President summarizes a presidential candidates journey from dreaming about being president to Inauguration Day. The simple book is clear, understandable, and "sneaks" big ideas and concepts into the story. I used this book to teach 1st-3rd-graders about the presidential candidacy process during the 2008 Presidential race. By the time I was done reading the book, I had several Presdidential hopefuls already planning their run for the White House!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If I Ran for President does a fantastic job of explaining the election process to kids! I am a former first grade teacher and I would definitely use this book with that age group. However, it has such great concepts it could be used for much older children as well. When I read this book to my own kids (8 and 4) it always leads to some discussions about politics. My 8 year old actually asks me questions about the election, now. Also, I love the way this book ends, it is a perfect lead in to Catherine Stier's other exceptional book, If I Were President. That book could even be used with younger children because it does a fantastic job of educating children about some of the responsibilities a president has, but does it with a humorous touch that would keep their attention. I don't think you can go wrong with a book by Catherine Stier and I hope we see more from her!
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