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Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections (Little Patriot Press) Hardcover – May 21, 2012
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Writer and illustrator Barnes and Barnes create wonderfully entertaining information in amusing poetry and vivdly colorful illustrations. -- The Book Reader, Summer 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Woodrow G. Washingtail was the governor of Moussouri. Now he is running for president of the United Mice of America! After working hard in school (and registering to vote at age 18!), Woodrow began his life of public service. He started as a volunteer in his community, then ran for town council, then mayor and then statewide office. Now he is in the race of his career, as he campaigns, debates, makes speeches, and meets the voters. Will he win the primaries? Will he win on Election Day? Will he become the nation’s Big Cheese”? Cast your vote for Woodrow for President and find out!
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Top Customer Reviews
One of the quirks I've picked up as an adult is I prefer to first look in the children's section of the library when I want to know more about topic. Children's books give me the basics, and then some, without bogging me down with endless information. I especially appreciate that trait when it comes to topics that I'd otherwise never read about such as the electoral process. Through Woodrow for President, even though it is about a mouse and the United Mice for America, I gained an appreciation for exactly how many steps a citizen might undertake before running for president: sit on the town council, become mayor, get voted state governor, campaign in all fifty states, hold a primary election, compete in debates, attend a national convention, await nomination, work the campaign trail again, and finally hope to receive presidential election. Wow!
That said, I was still somewhat surprised that I liked Woodrow for President. As a teacher, I resent when information is disguised as a story. It's difficult enough to turn my students onto the joy of reading without force-feeding them facts. Make no mistake, the style in Woodrow for President is an informational one but Woodrow is such an easily likeable character, because of his valuing hard work, knowing right from wrong, and marrying the hometown girl. Okay, that makes him sound stiff, but he's nice and cute--and I liked him.Read more ›
The illustrations are pleasant and quite detailed. The addition of the secret service agent to search for in the illustrations is fun. Unfortunately, while the detailed illustrations do a fantastic job complimenting the text, it makes the book hard to use as a classroom read-a-loud, unless the teacher has a document camera or can enlarge the pictures in some way. If that is the case there are many different things that could be discussed in terms of humor as well as the election information.
Reviewer received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
I appreciated the emphasis on 'public service' rather than the greed and power that sometimes seems to motivate candidates and his/her political party, not to mention the money that has come to play such a large role in the process. While this is idealistic, I believe it is an ideal well worth seeking. I recommend this book for parents and teachers who wish to help their young students to understand the importance of voting and participating in a democracy. The additional information at the back of the book about the major points included in the book is helpful in further explaining the text.
As we traveled through the White House, the rhyming prose gives a look at the House and the Election Process. They rhyming is excellent and does not seem forced, and the Children stayed attentive.
The back of the book is for the Parents...filled with some interesting facts and resources. I also think that you can share some of the tidbits that are offered here with the children.
While the beautiful illustrations are sometimes small, after a teacher has read this to her class, the book could be passed around in single or in pairs to look them over and maybe find the Seals.
I actually would give this book a 4+ stars...found it so interesting and full of great facts.
I received this book from TLC Book Tours, and the Publisher Little Patriot Press, and was not required to give a positive review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MY GRANDSONS LOVED IT! I WANTED TO FIND A BOOK TO HELP EXPLAIN
OUR VOTING SYSTEM AND THIS IS IT
This is a really cute, educational book. I think this is a great way to teach kids about the political process. The book is all rhyming, so it is cute and keeps your attention. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Morgan
The process of electing the president of the United States is complex. As Woodrow G Washingtail (the mouse) runs for president, concepts such as the primaries and the general... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by LizP
We purchased this book for our grandson. Our intent is to provide him with reading material that will help educate him on the history of our country. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Connor
My children and I loved this book! In Woodrow for President, Peter and Cheryl do a fabulous job of teaching our youngest citizens the process an individual (or mouse! Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by Noelle
Great resource to teach children about the election process; I was impressed with how thoroughly the book does so. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Aeronaut
Lovely writing and the illustrations are enchanting! I've gotten this for every grandchild, and wish I had discovered it earlier...Published on May 20, 2009 by Frances Stewart