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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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From School Library Journal
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“Anyone who needs a clear explanation of how a candidate can get the most popular votes and still lose the election should read See How They Run. (Did you know that Thomas Jefferson thought that the electoral college was "the most dangerous blot on our Constitution"?) Susan Goodman examines American democracy and political campaigns from 1789 to the groundbreaking Democratic primaries between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Goodman includes the formation of political parties and contemporary voting issues, touching on difficult subjects such as election shenanigans, negative campaigning and voter fraud. The book's archival photos from the Library of Congress, humorous cartoons and informative sidebars hold the reader's attention. In one sidebar called "Getting Better All the Time," the author observes that our democracy isn't perfect, but progressive: "Good News: The United States was the first modern democracy with an elected government protecting the freedom and rights of its citizens. The Bad News: In the beginning, only white men who owned land could vote.” ―Washington Post
“This witty "Schoolhouse Rock"-style book uses easy-to-understand examples to explain nearly every aspect of the voting process. Starting with a "short history of democracy," as the ancient Greeks saw it back in 510 BC, it features a wealth of trivia to intrigue kids and adults alike. Did you know you could be president after winning only 11 states (the most populated ones, natch) or that outgoing prez John Quincy Adams (No. 6), was so angry about losing to Andrew Jackson that he boycotted his inauguration? Thought so.” ―New York Post
“Clearly written in terms that students will identify with, See How They Run makes it clear how important civic engagement is to the future of our nation.” ―Meg Heubeck, Director of Instruction, University of Virginia Center for Politics
“Makes learning about elections enlightening, enriching and never boring! A charming and funny book for every future voter.” ―nonprofitvotes.org
“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.” ―School Library Journal--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. It's a Dog's Life and How Do You Burp in Space? share seven State Book Award nominations between them.
I'm really excited about my newest book coming out in January 2016, which is illustrated beautifully by E. B. Lewis. The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial is about an African American family who, over 160 years ago, had the courage to take the city of Boston to court for having segregated schools.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is informative, with cute illustrations that talk.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How appropriate for this book to come on the scene during the 2012 election in the United States. It is a very interesting book and not just for children.Susan E. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Dad of Divas
See How They Run explains in a lighthearted way the process of electing a president of the United States. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by LizP