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Grace for President Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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DiPucchio and Pham are game gals. Explaining the electoral system to adults isn’t easy, but  they make it understandable to kids. When Mrs. Barrington shows her class pictures of the presidents, energetic African American Grace asks, “Where are the girls?” Responding to Grace’s shock, Mrs. Barrington arranges for an election in which Grace runs against Tom, with each of the remaining students in the multiethnic class representing a state. It looks like popular Tom will win since the boys have the most electoral votes, so Tom just sits back while Grace advances campaign promises. When the votes are counted, Sam, representing Wyoming (where the first woman was elected to the House), throws the winning votes to Grace, because he “thought she was the best person for the job.”  The attractive paint-and-collage art captures the excitement of the race in layouts as diverse as the kids. However, there’s one big problem in the author’s note, which explains why individuals should vote even if they are not electing directly: “It’s those individual votes from regular people that add up to become the popular vote in each state.” The concept of larger versus smaller states isn’t really explained, leaving the idea that the winner of the popular vote will be president. As Al Gore knows, that’s not true. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kelly DiPucchio (www.kellydipucchio.com) has written several children's picture books including the New York Times bestseller Grace for President, Bed Hogs, Liberty's Journey, and Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! A graduate of Michigan State University, Kelly lives in southern Michigan with her husband and three children.


LeUyen Pham (http://www.leuyenpham.com/) is the prolific and bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore and God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pham has also written and illustrated her own works, including All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. A former animator for Dreamworks, she lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Revised edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423139992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423139997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Grace discovers that no women have ever been president, and decides she'll be president one day. The teacher (hooray for her!) picks up on this and decides to run a school-wide election for president to teach the kids about presidential politics - including the unfathomable electoral college! At first no one challenges Grace, and she thinks "becoming president will be easy" but then a white boy from another class is recruited as her rival. All the usual campaign issues follow, until Grace is victorious by a narrow margin. An inspiring read. I will definitely be reading it to my daughter later- at 3 y.o this book is too complex for her, and has too much text per page to hold her interest. Probably more appropriate for 5 or 6 year olds.
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A friend to whom I will always be indebted gifted my 4 yo daughter with this book. I read it to her the night before the inauguration. She hung on every word, asking questions about the electoral college, her eyes drinking in every colorful, fancifully animated page. This book is a true work of art.

I was moved when I got to the next to the last page: when the children who'd laughed at Grace for thinking she could run for president, finally accorded her respect and admiration. I looked down at my smiling, cinnamon-faced child with her curly, happy braids, and my eyes filled with tears. The very last page...well, you'll just have to see it. It was descriptive of everything you'd want for your child. The realization that, finally, my daughter could hope for such a life, flooded me with emotion.

The next morning, we watched Michelle Obama hold a velvet-covered Bible for her husband. After he uttered "So help me, God," followed by the rousing cheers of millions, my daughter turned to me and said, "So, do we have a black girl president now?"

So, maybe she was a little confused. But all I could think was "Someday, Sugar."
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I bought this book for one of my daughters, the very can-do one, and read it aloud to her. I was surprised to find that by the end I was choked up, and when I saw the final picture of Grace, as a grownup woman, taking the oath of office in front of the White House, I actually cried. I guess I did not understand how deep a wound it is for many women that they could never picture themselves as president. Until it finally happens, I think I will still shed a tear each time I read this book. I thank the authors for writing it! I think I needed it more than my daughter did.
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Of all the "election" books I could find, this one really stood out as being entertaining, informative, and extremely insightful. While Hillary's run is now over, the book subtely points out that at our most basic level we identify with our gender over other differences; and the use of Wyoming, "The Equality State", to overcome the gender bias is really well-done. The character Grace's honest incredulity that there has never been a woman president despite the obvious 50/50 split of girls and boys resonates in a sweet way.
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Elementary school student Grace Campbell has brains, a delightful personality, and a sincere desire to make things better for people around her. She also knows how to dream big, and when she learns at school that the United States has never had a female president before, Grace decides then and there that she would like to become President. Not one to discourage her students, the teacher immediately suggests a school election to start the process, and Grace soon discovers that she has an opponent: Thomas Cobb. Will her clever campaign strategy and her do-good personality help to overcome the fact that the boy students, who represent states with slightly more electoral votes than the states represented by the girls, tend to favor Thomas?

This clever book does an excellent job in introducing to children an intuitive lesson in how the Electoral College system operates for electing the U.S. president, and how votes are allocated across states. This lesson is wrapped up in an exciting plotline, a spunky lead character, and bold, engaging illustrations. Grace for President is a valuable addition to any collection of children's books that rank highly in both content and appeal.
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This is a good book on how the US electoral system works. It isn't just straight voting. There is a sort of electoral college thing set up. There is even some basic corruption. There are assumptions about who is the obvious winner and those almost prevail, except that one little boy breaks ranks and shows how a small group of voters or sometimes even a single individual can make a big difference. That's all good. The part that is less than goo is the fact that all the girls vote one way and all the boys vote the other way, except one. It is also less than good that the corruption involved is shown to be just how normal democracy works, rather than pointed out as a perversion of democracy. It is actually the fact tha the book is moderately realistic about the US electoral system without pointing out its obvious bugs that worries me. But that's just nitpicking. Generally, it's good for showing how elections work in the US, though not in Europe. European elections are quite different.
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