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See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House Paperback – Bargain Price, May 13, 2008


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901714
  • ASIN: B00375LNYC
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–7—A lighthearted, fact-filled look at elections in the United States. The engaging conversational narrative and funny cartoons lend appealing irreverence to a topic that can sometimes seem too dry and serious. At the same time, the book covers a lot of ground and introduces concepts and personalities in ways that readers will understand and remember. Coverage includes the electoral college, campaigning, and many other aspects of elections, noting the flaws and absurdities in our system along with the many positive aspects. The text moves deftly back and forth through time within each subject, offering useful and varied historical examples. A section on inaugurations, for example, makes reference to William Henry Harrison's two-hour speech, Bill Clinton's night of dancing, and Andrew Jackson's rowdy White House party. "The Campaign Road" features several amusing instances of varied practices while also providing a cohesive summary of the topic's relevance. Plentiful illustrations utilize humor to demonstrate content, as in the depiction of a man with elongated arms straddling a state line and voting in two states at once. Even the photographs of presidents feature an amusing caption or word balloon. The final chapter addresses the role of kids, offering suggestions for involvement that range from writing letters to "bugging your parents." Informative, entertaining, and timely, this is a fine example of how well-conceived humor can make a potentially complicated topic not only more appealing, but also more comprehensible and even inspiring.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The author of dozens of books for kids, Susan Goodman publishes widely on a variety of topics. She lives in Boston, and teaches at Tufts and Lesley. www.susangoodmanbooks.com

Elwood Smith works and lives in Rhinebeck, New York. His retro style is admired by many. He has illustrated several books for children. www.elwoodsmith.com


More About the Author

To write my nonfiction books for kids, I have flown onto the polar icecap with the Air Force, shared a bathroom with a tarantula in the Amazon, and spent three days at a Monster Truck rally without ever buying fried dough. Which was the hardest? I'll let you guess.

My book All in Just One Cookie was an ALA Notable and On This Spot was a Washington Post Best Picture Book of its year. My newest books? 2012--See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House and It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World. 2013--How Do You Burp in Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know.

Besides writing for kids, I speak at conferences, schools, and libraries and teach writing for children at Lesley University's MFA program. Visit me at www.susangoodmanbooks.com.

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Clearly written, straightforward information presented in a smart, colorful format.
www.firrkids.com
Susan E. Goodman gave facts about voting and democracy with humor and through cartoons as she also wrote important factual information.
Dad of Divas
This gets very complicated and I can understand Ms. Goodman's desire to simplify it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best book on presidential elections is Syl Sobel's. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts

This book is informative, with cute illustrations that talk.

Major discrepancy:

The glossary of this book mis-defines "democracy" and does not list "republic" at all. America is a republic, in which the power is held by the people, and their elected representatives govern to protect the rights of the minority and the individual.

Democracy is a system of government in which the majority governs with unlimited power. The rights of the minority or the individual are meaningless in a democracy. The founders, knowing this, created a republic. Federalist Papers 10, 14, and 48 spell this out clearly.

Therefore, on page 69, where it urges people to vote beacause "a democracy isn't a democracy if its people don't take part," the book gets it wrong on a couple levels. Zimbabwe and Venezuela are democracies, where fake elections have pre-ordained results and dictators stay in power.

Otherwise a good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Cullen on July 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
With See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House, Susan E. Goodman has again proved that a sometimes unsavory subject can be treated with humor and wonder. As in The Truth About Poop and its companion Gee Whiz! It's All About Pee, Goodman turns her inquisitive nature and journalistic pursuit of truth into a fascinating investigation, explanation and exhortation for young people, encouraging them to take part in the fabulous, fallible democracy they've been born into. Elwood H. Smith makes excellent use of his illustrative opportunities to impart ideas both jovial and informative, sometimes clarifying the sophisticated ideas in the text, other times making jokes that the average middle-schooler will certainly get.
This fascinating history, explanation and guide captivates adult minds also. How well can you explain the electoral college system, or why it exists in the first place? Goodman is committed to a view of our leaders as imperfect mortal humans, not the demigods many children's biographers make them out to be. Jefferson is outed as a negative propagandist; Harrison's foolish two hour inaugural speech during a snowstorm resulted in his lethal pneumonia. From detailing who was accorded the right to vote and when, through campaign fundraising and mudslinging, to elections of mules by an uninformed populace, Goodman makes a complex subject both alluring and accessible. Inspiring stories of what kids have done to influence politics are interwoven with fascinating anecdotes about the (so far only) men who have run for president, and those committed to helping them win.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Jensen on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was really excited to receive this book for our unit study on American Government and voting. However, upon turning to the first page I was immediately dismayed by the author's apparent need to begin their discourse on American history by tearing down and making fun of several Founding Fathers. Not only that, but their "facts" concerning the relationship between Adams and Jefferson upon their deaths are patently false and can be found readily by any information seeker worth their salt. There is no mention of the fact that the US is not actually a democracy, we are a democratic republic, nor what that means. While the book is very engaging, with bright pictures, cute little sidebars, and an abundance of cartoonish characters, you will find yourself doing quite a bit of correction and/or additional information to clarify the author's statements. I've given it two stars instead of one for it's layout,interesting little tidbits, and array of subjects.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! This is an excellent tool for teaching children about our country's election process. Clearly written, straightforward information presented in a smart, colorful format. I know a fair number of adults who would benefit from this book!

We are provided with a short history of democracy, an explanation of the electoral process and political parties, how the candidates compete, voting procedures, and the steps to becoming the President. A very thorough approach using clear language navigates a smooth path through some confusing subject matter and dry historical events.

Lest we get fatigued by a relatively mundane subject, the raw data is interspersed with cartoons and silly illustrations. Fun facts, bold colors, and witty captions all contribute to making the information positively leap off the pages.

Honestly, I can't say enough good things about this book. The author and illustrator have undertaken a difficult subject and created a sensible and entertaining guide. Very well done both in written word and illustration. Our country's election process is such an important topic that too many adults don't fully understand. This is a wonderful resource to help your child become informed this election year.
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