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Kindergarten-Grade 3–Oliver's class has been learning about elections and presidential responsibilities. He writes a letter to Channel 39, putting forth a plethora of reasons why his teacher would be perfect presidential material. The story proceeds with a single sentence and appropriate illustration on the verso depicting a school activity, with a picture opposite demonstrating how that activity would play out when his teacher holds the reins in Washington. For example, "She's used to being followed everywhere" shows the class parading after her in line, while on the right, secret service agents and cameramen tag along as she jogs. Winters keeps these parallels both humorous and pithy, and Brunkus's cheery, color cartoons add to the fun. Oliver's appreciation of his teacher (she can only be president if she doesn't leave before the end of the year) is refreshing. An enjoyable and timely read-aloud, and good fodder for discussion.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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K-Gr. 2. What characteristics make a good president? Oliver knows it's some of the same things that make a good teacher: people pay attention when the president speaks, the president acts quickly when there's a crisis, and so on. Brunkus' cheerful illustrations show a gray-haired woman in large, round glasses in dual roles: as Oliver's teacher initialing a bathroom pass and as a president signing a bill into law. "My teacher likes to go on trips," says Oliver as his teacher marshals rowdy students toward a museum for a visit; opposite, the president is shown visiting with heads of state. There's not much here about voting or the election process, but there's plenty to get prospective voters to think about what they want their president to be like. The humorous tone brings lofty ideals about desirable presidential qualities down to an everyday, accessible level--for children and adults alike.

Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 0370 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411704
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you ever wonder what would happen if you took the road less traveled by?
This was a question I often asked myself.
In 1992, I decided to head down a new highway.
I left my lovely job in education and became a children's book author.
Did I miss the children, teacher friends, Blue Cross and Blue Shield? You bet!
But I wrote every day ( well almost), collected reams of rejections, and kept sending out manuscripts
In August of 94, the first contract call came.
Now 18 books later the days flash by with writing, researching, revising, submitting, rejections (Yes, published authors still get them), email, school visits, conference presentations, and book signings.
My husband Earl encourages, edits, advises, takes pictures, helps with research , updates my website which he designed,and prints out maps to schools and bookstores.
I love meeting my readers. And I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Kiki on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for something that might tell a young child (preschool to grades 1 or even 2), a little bit about what the President does in a fun and entertaining, age-appropriate way - STOP LOOKING!! This is it. With lively, bright and amusing illustrations and simple, sparse text this book does an amazing job of summarizing the basic presidential duties for young children. It does so with two-spreads that draw analogies between what Oliver's teacher does in her daily teaching tasks (on the left page) and how that relates to presidential duties she'd have if elected (on the right side, complete with images of her as president). In that way, it presents the Presidential duties in a way and at a level that any child that has attended school can understand! Brilliant idea!! I also like the idea that it's a male student who wants a female for president. This is a great, subtle lesson. It also provides a great tribute to teachers of the world.

This book is FAR better than the only other book even close to appropriate on this topic for this age group that I found at the bookstore - "Duck for President," written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (which does even give kids a clue about what a president does).

If you're looking for something to "My Teacher for President" for older children (ages 8 up), I whole-heartedly recommend "So You Want to Be President?" written by Judith St. George and illustrated by David Small.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. likes baking on January 27, 2005
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My six year old son and I loved this book. It has irony that parents will smile at, and cute situations a kid will love. It compares the duties of a teacher to the president (quite favorably!) and is very funny and fun.

Highly recommended! Even if you didn't vote for the current president.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Denise Brunkus illustrates a fine story of why a teacher should be president, in the eyes of Oliver: the teacher is used to being followed, attends lots of meetings, and gets people to pay attention... Oliver's imagination comes to life in a fine story celebrating teacher talents.
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When it comes to job responsibilities, the position of teacher has much in common with the position of the nation's president. A teacher and a president both need to attend lots of meetings, sign important papers, respond quickly during emergencies, find jobs for people, and promote peace in their work environments. The book's protagonist has a teacher who fulfills all these responsibilities and more, making her, in the eyes of the student, perfectly equipped to serve as the country's president. The appealing illustrations cleverly depict the alternating roles of teacher and president as the text describes particular job duties. My Teacher for President is a winner for teaching younger readers about occupational characteristics and tasks.
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I used this book with my kindergarten class for a social studies lesson about what the President does, and it totally made them "get it." It draws easy parallels between a leader the kids know about (a teacher) and one they don't (a President). The book uses simple sentences and detailed pictures (the bulk of my class is English language learners), and after reading, my students could easily name 2-3 things the President does. The pictures are funny, and it was an all around enjoyable read for both me and the students.
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Oliver writes a letter to Channel 39, explaining why he believes that his teacher would make a great president. He refers to the fact that his teacher is used to being followed by everyone, goes to a lot of meetings, signs important papers, goes on trips, and cares about health care and the Earth - just like a president.

It is an endearing story and illustrates how significant the role of a teacher is.
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By Meg W on March 22, 2014
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I read this to Kinder and they absolutely loved it. Very great connections with them in this book. Also wonderful illustrations.
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