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With its rhyming facts and cheerful illustrations, this book is a solid, positive introduction to our political system...clever. -- Books To Borrow...Books To Buy, February 2000

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 for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Little Patriot Press
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Patriot Press (May 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596987863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987869
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really cute, educational book.
Morgan
I think that children will be amused and at the same time learn a great deal of political information!
Becki Dios
I bought this book to teach my fourth grade students about government.
Kimberly Asbrock

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Becki Dios on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the cutest book about the Presidential Election Process ever! The Barnes' have done it! Teachers should run to get this book and prepare for the fall to teach about the election as it draws closer! The way the book is set up, it goes through every step of the election process in a simple yet clear and complete manner. As a third grade teacher, I will use this book and many others written by the Barnes' to teach my class about the governmental process. I think that children will be amused and at the same time learn a great deal of political information! Enjoy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Green on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a good teacher resource especially during this election year. My kids really enjoyed the book and learning something about the election process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances Stewart on May 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lovely writing and the illustrations are enchanting! I've gotten this for every grandchild, and wish I had discovered it earlier...
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Format: Hardcover
A couple of weeks ago, a beautiful hardcover picture book called Woodrow for President arrived at my doorstep. I received this book by Peter and Cheryl Barnes as part of the TLC Tour Books. Immediately, I proudly showed off the cute and lavish picture book to my husband. Then I set down to read it. :-)

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Explaining the electoral process to young children can be a difficult thing to do. This book does a nice job of helping readers understand what running for president requires. The descriptions are of course simplified and idealized. If only elections were this neat and tidy. But all the major steps are included: political parties, conventions, campaigns, debates, voting, etc. I enjoyed the use of a mouse society to present the facts mixed with a story, this makes all the information easier to swallow. I also enjoyed the play on words, such as 'Moussouri' rather than Missouri. While the rhymes were occasionally forced, the content is just right for upper elementary students.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Great resource to teach children about the election process; I was impressed with how thoroughly the book does so. I must admit to a soft spot for rhyme in books -- probably comes from growing up on Dr. Seuss -- and the rhymes in this book are enjoyable! Not just one syllable rhymes such as "place" and "race" but polysyllabic rhyming words such as "convention" and "contention" all mix nicely to prevent a sing-songness while keeping a quite pleasing rhythm. I especially appreciated the "Tail End" at the back of the book with additional resources for parents and teachers. Furthermore, this book contains a "Contract to Vote" for children and adults to encourage both groups to vote -- the adults now and children when of age! My only criticism is with the name of the title character, "Woodrow," which of course made me think of Woodrow Wilson, so I kept wondering if the book was about Wilson; yet, his mouse wife's name is Bess, which made me think of the Trumans, especially since the Trumans were from Missouri, as is the title character of this book! However, I am sure this will not be an issue for the young people who are the audience of this book. Finally, the illustrations are quite pleasing, plus there is the added bonus of a "Secret Service mouse agent" hidden in each illustration!
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