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We Elect a President: The Story of Our Electoral College Hardcover – September 12, 2016
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About the Author
Tara Ross is the author of "Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College" (2d ed. 2012) and a co-author of "Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State" (2008) (with Joseph C. Smith, Jr.). Tara is a retired lawyer and a former Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics. She obtained her B.A. from Rice University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Tara and her husband Adam reside in Dallas with their two children.
Kate E. Cooper makes her debut as an illustrator in "We Elect a President." Kate is a graduate of The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas (2016) and will be attending college at the University of Notre Dame beginning Fall 2016. She has pursued the arts by earning scholarships to and studying in intensive painting programs at schools such as Columbia University and the Art Institute of Chicago, traveling abroad with Notre Dame to enrich her understanding of art history, and working with and painting portraits of the homeless at Austin Street Center. Emma Ross feels like she's been listening to her mom talk about the Electoral College for most of her life! When she was asked to give input from the perspective of a 4th grader (a target audience for the book), Emma was delighted to help. Emma helped generate ideas for one of the best features of "We Elect a President": Real-life, modern examples that will help younger readers to grasp some of the book's more intangible concepts. The examples helped Emma to better understand how Presidents are elected, and she hopes they will help your children, too. Emma looks forward to more writing ventures after this one!
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The author does a wonderful job explaining what might be considered a complex issue to kids, providing examples on a child's level. The author's daughter also contributed to the book, offering explanations that her fellow kids can easily understand! And the illustrations are very cute and colorful. Sometimes non-fiction books for kids can be so busy and cluttered within the text, but this book is very clean and simple in appearance - making it much less intimidating and much more pleasing to read. I think kids will enjoy this light introduction to the Electoral College - and their parents will be grateful for a brushing-up on this important (and timely) topic.