Starred Review. Grade 1-5–Kennedy's introduction to the political process is clear, informative, and loaded with child appeal, in part due to the choice of narrator: his Portuguese Water Dog, Splash. This canine bundle of friendly, panting fun takes readers on a tour of monuments and then describes a typical day: staff discussion of an education bill, a ride in the underground tram between the Senate and the Capitol, a press conference, a committee meeting, and a floor vote. Children will appreciate Splash's joy at the snacks and time for outdoor catch along the way, as well as the strategic Woof when the committee reaches an impasse on the bill. While the swift and tidy resolution is clearly fictional, the actual process is rendered memorable through the presentation. Small's shifting perspectives capture the shimmering lights viewed from a moving tram, the glory of the soaring Capitol rotunda, the heartfelt affection in a beloved dog's eyes. Back matter includes information about Kennedy, Splash, and how a bill becomes a law. With its multicultural cast, nonpartisan viewpoint, and protagonist brimming with personality, this look inside the Beltway is a first choice for classrooms, tourists, and animal lovers everywhere.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gr. 2-4. In this high-spirited if low-angled trot through the congressional halls of power, Splash (a Portuguese water dog, for those who dote on such details) follows his senatorial companion (who looks a lot like Senator Kennedy) through a typical day. Interspersed with such highlights as a romp on the Capitol's lawn and a ride on the underground tram that runs between the Capitol and the office building, the day features a press conference, photo ops, a heated conference committee discussion about an education bill, and an important vote. In sketchy watercolor views of, first, the puppy farm, and, later, the Capitol Hill area, Caldecott winner Small tones down his customary caricatures (though not entirely) to match the narrative's light, amiable tone. Capped by a precis of the legislative process, this book is a natural companion for Judith St. George's So You Want to Be President (2000). John Peters
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
My Senator and Me is an informative tale humorously told through the eyes of Senator Kennedy's Portuguese Water dog, Splash. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lynn M.
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 8 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 8 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 21 months ago 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