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If I Were President Paperback – January 1, 1999

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-A simple explanation of the diverse duties of the president of the United States. Beginning with campaign speeches and posters, six children of varied racial backgrounds take turns posing as the president while providing information about the rewards and responsibilities of the position. Touching briefly on various topics including the White House, Congress, the creation of laws, the cabinet, veto power, Air Force One, and the Secret Service, Stier introduces the day-to-day activities of the commander in chief. Illustrations in acrylics, gouache, and pencil give the book a lighthearted look; pictures reveal such details as serving chocolate-chip cookies at a cabinet meeting, lighting the nation's Christmas tree, and pondering the possibility of being the fifth face carved into Mount Rushmore. Similar in content to Patricia Quiri's The Presidency (Children's, 1998), Stier's book offers concise information for a younger audience.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This easy picture book provides a nice introduction to the presidency for primary-grade children. In short, simple sentences and mostly broad, nonspecific terms, it describes the job's diverse responsibilities: "If I were president, the people would be my boss, and I'd have to find out what they wanted." Although serious aspects of the job such as being commander-in-chief of the armed forces and creating laws with Congress are mentioned, Stier gives the most attention to lighter duties--tossing out the first pitch of the baseball season and lighting the nation's Christmas tree. DiSalvo-Ryan's illustrations complement the text nicely, depicting children of different races and genders as "presidents" carrying on the various duties of the office and enjoying such unusual perks as having a personal chef and a movie theater right at home. This is a rosy picture of a very stressful job, but youngsters will pick up some good general information, which teachers can use as a starting point in class and expand upon according to the age and ability of their students. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807535427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807535424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a Kindergarten teacher and I really appreciate having books to use that give accurate information on topics I teach. This book does a super job describing the responsibilites of Presidents. We are even told that not everyone will agree with the decisions that the President makes and that the President will not always agree with congress (veto). The kids loved the part where the President's dog is in the newspaper because she had puppies. The use of children in the illustrations was appealing to my students. Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade teachers should get this book!
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This book is written from a child's prespective.... if I were the President I would... It goes through the main duties of a president in an interesting, clear way accomapnied with nice illustrations. I loved that it explained in simple terms that the President does what he things is best (with help of cabinet..), but not everyone agrees. What a great first introduction for 4-8 year olds!
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This is a great book for kindergarteners: good pictures, text that is completely on their level, not too long. The information is appropriate and makes the office of president something they will understand better.
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Bought this because author was coming to my son's school, so he could get it signed. It's okay. Not much about it that would hold a child's interest unless they were politically obsessed, but what child is?? Artwork is very sub-par for kids books.
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This book is a winner! If I Were President is a fun, yet informative, book about the presidency for a young child. Illustrations are appealing to kids and the text is easily understood. A delightful read aloud for adult and child!
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IF I WERE~PRESIDENT by Catherine Stier and illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan is an amazing Children's Book/Educational/Picture Book. What a delightful way to teach young readers,Kindergarten to Grade 2 about the president. Written with details a young reader can understand,beautiful illustrations, and some generation formation. A must for not only young readers,but for grandparents and educators alike. I loved this book from beginning to end. Even I learned a few things or too. Easy to read and easy to follow. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S BOOKS)
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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This book is great. Not only does this book show kids from various backgrounds in the presidential position, but there is valuable vocabulary and accurate descriptions in grade-level language. A must-have for any elementary social studies educator.
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By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This charming book will delight children and it's fun for parents, too. It gives insight into everyday Whitehouse life while providing factual information. Maybe it will even inspire a future presidential candidate.
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