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Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts Paperback – February 1, 2012

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How Many of These Questions Can You Answer?

  • Who can run for president?
  • What is a third party candidate?
  • What if something happens to the president?
  • Who was the only U.S. President to be elected for more than two terms?
  • Name a candidate for the U.S. Presidency who won the popular vote but lost the election?

    You'll find the answers to these and many more questions about the U.S. Presidency in this book. From George Washington's election in 1789 to Barack Obama's victory in 2008, all kinds of interesting events have accompanied our presidential campaigns. Here's a lively and often surprising approach to presidential history that will keep you turning the pages while it adds some fun to your social studies class.

    More fascinating books on government by Syl Sobel
    The Bill of Rights
    The Declaration of Independence
    The U.S. Constitution and You
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  • About the Author

    Syl Sobel, J.D., is Director, Publications & Media Division, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., and the author of several books for young readers that describe how government works.
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    Product Details

    • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
    • Grade Level: 2 - 6
    • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
    • Paperback: 48 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3 edition (February 1, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764147978
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764147975
    • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    This is the best material we have found for teaching children about American elections.

    It covers all the bases on elections, like:

    What does the president do?
    eligibility for president
    presidential terms of office
    the electoral college
    presidential campaigns
    political parties
    political party conventions
    debates
    political advertising
    political polling
    rules for presidential succession

    And also gives fun facts throughout, like:

    the oldest and the youngest people elected president
    the four-term president
    the four people who won the popular vote but lost the election
    third-party candidates
    five sets of relatives who have become president
    first ladies
    nine vice presidents who became president without being elected president
    a list of the names, dates, a parties of all 44 presidents of the United States
    presidential birthplaces and most popular presidential birth-states

    Includes a good glossary (caucus, census, convention, debates, delegates...)

    HOWEVER...

    Page 7 claims "The United States is a democracy." THIS IS FALSE. The United States is a Republic. The American Founders created a Republic because they were familiar with the vices of democracy, most notably violent majority rule against the minority.
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    This was a great book, with so many interesting facts and figures. Especially in a year of a Presidential Election, having a book like this makes you that much more proud of the system of government that we have today. What I really liked about the book was that it made the whole election process so easy to understand for young readers. Too often this process can seem a bit confusing and daunting, but this book lays everything out in an easy-to-understand way. On top of that there were some very interesting facts that I appreciated that would allow you to wow your friends at your Presidential trivia! Overall, if you love history and government, this is a book that you will truly enjoy!
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    These were PERFECT for my 8 and 11 year old to help explain the elections that are going on right now that our family is following oh so closely. It's been kinda cool after the kids reading these that they have a better understanding and we can now talk politics as a family ;-)
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    Honestly I thought it was informative but boring. My kids were dying... Maybe for middle school...My oldest did ok. Honestly we learned it all on the internet while we were waiting on the book. Scholastic has good info.
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    I actually thought this was a book, purchased for my grandson's birthday. It turned out to be not much more than a pamphlet. Perhaps I didn't read the fine print closely enough. Wanted to return it but it seemed like too much trouble!!!
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