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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A simple explanation of the diverse duties of the president of the United States. Beginning with campaign speeches and posters, six children of varied racial backgrounds take turns posing as the president while providing information about the rewards and responsibilities of the position. Touching briefly on various topics including the White House, Congress, the creation of laws, the cabinet, veto power, Air Force One, and the Secret Service, Stier introduces the day-to-day activities of the commander in chief. Illustrations in acrylics, gouache, and pencil give the book a lighthearted look; pictures reveal such details as serving chocolate-chip cookies at a cabinet meeting, lighting the nation's Christmas tree, and pondering the possibility of being the fifth face carved into Mount Rushmore. Similar in content to Patricia Quiri's The Presidency (Children's, 1998), Stier's book offers concise information for a younger audience.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This easy picture book provides a nice introduction to the presidency for primary-grade children. In short, simple sentences and mostly broad, nonspecific terms, it describes the job's diverse responsibilities: "If I were president, the people would be my boss, and I'd have to find out what they wanted." Although serious aspects of the job such as being commander-in-chief of the armed forces and creating laws with Congress are mentioned, Stier gives the most attention to lighter duties--tossing out the first pitch of the baseball season and lighting the nation's Christmas tree. DiSalvo-Ryan's illustrations complement the text nicely, depicting children of different races and genders as "presidents" carrying on the various duties of the office and enjoying such unusual perks as having a personal chef and a movie theater right at home. This is a rosy picture of a very stressful job, but youngsters will pick up some good general information, which teachers can use as a starting point in class and expand upon according to the age and ability of their students. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Purchased for school district. Since I didn't hear any complaints (which I would), I can only assume that teacher was happy with the item.Published 11 months ago by CJ Harris
This book is great. Not only does this book show kids from various backgrounds in the presidential position, but there is valuable vocabulary and accurate descriptions in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by giggles
The child I gave the book to really enjoyed reading it and showedit around to the other kids who thought she would make a great president.Published on June 15, 2013 by Till
Bought this because author was coming to my son's school, so he could get it signed. It's okay. Not much about it that would hold a child's interest unless they were politically... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Neener in TX
I read it in my first grade classroom. The children get a glimpse of what the presidents jobs are. We like to discuss what we would do if we were e President.Published on February 28, 2013 by kp
This picture book is a wonderful, easy to understand introduction the job of the presidency. Great way to encourage an interest in public service for the younger set.Published on February 24, 2013 by Karen W. Sheek
It's nice seeing what kids would do if they became president, some parts were a little lengthy but LOVE the diversity of culture and gender.Published on January 10, 2013 by CJ