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My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C. Hardcover – May 1, 2006
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Showing them what goes on through the perspective of a family pet helps them relate---and potentially get interested in the process. Splash talks with the audience at their level throughout the book text, building up a friendship between the subject of the book and the book reader.
Also helpful, this book avoids partisan battles, instead focusing on non-partisan civic involvement.
Kids who believe that their government is both important and interesting then have a greater opportunity of registering and regularly turning out to vote (any party every election) when they are older.
Thank you so much!!!
Sr. Ella Jane Bruen C.D.P.
Sacred Heart Intermediate School
Kingston, Ma. 02364
Kennedy presents the educational aspects as information for Splash, a Virginia-raised newcomer to Washington D.C. We see beautiful ink and watercolor pictures of the White House, the Kennedy Center ("named for my Senator's brother"), the Lincoln Memorial ("the sixteenth President, who led our country during the Civil War"), a glistening full page showing the Washington Monument, and the Capitol. The workings of D.C. are fascinating, even for adult readers. "Splashie" tells us that when he and the Senator enter the Russell Senate Office Building, "everyone has to walk through the metal detector--even me!" In addition, how many children or adults know that there's an underground train (Splash loves it, and Senator Kennedy enjoys Splash's excitement!) that travels from the Senate Office Building to the Capital in less than 30 seconds? There's a gorgeous 2-page spread showing Kennedy's office. Ship models, framed mementoes, and a subdued outline of Kennedy by his desk take a back seat to Splash playing with a ball and a stuffed animal. This is symbolic of the sensibilities of the whole book; it's about Splash and his D.C. exploits, not about Senator Kennedy. After all, (wink, wink), Splash wrote the book!
Of course, being a Senatorial dog, Splash can't help but hear some behind the scenes politics as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an adorable book which I give to children when I visit them (or they visit me) in DC. It especially made me happy when my friend (who switched her loyalties to the Republican... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Soup
I think this book is so cute. It is not left or right, it just gives kids a fun way of viewing Washington. Also a good way to start talking to them about things that happen there. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amanda
This book is fantastic. Sen. Kennedy was a great man and this book gives us a way to tell our kiddo more about the history, the man, and government. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by J. Lubetsky
It's a fun, informative book. I not only got to learn about Senator Kennedy's relationship with his best friend and Portuguese
Water Dog, Splash, but the workings of... Read more
I chose this book because I thought it was a new imaginative way to explain the government workings to children that they would actually follow and enjoy learning about it. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Other reviews have been mixed so I was not sure if I should get this book. I have to say, my daughter and I both love it. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Robert Scofield
I liked this children's book. I like how the story is told from the view of the dog and how he refers to the late Senator Kennedy as "My Senator". The illustrations are great! Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Tasha
it's a sweet book about life in congress, and i was surprised to learn about the process of how bills become laws.Published on December 15, 2009 by Sarah Andrew
I thought this book was for adults. It is a child's book, so I returned it.Published on January 9, 2009 by Chris Hollers