America Votes, How Our President is Elected!

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America Votes: How Our President is Elected is a great book to help your child learn about the presidential election.  The book is reviewed by Melissa G. at Sweet on Books.

What You Need to Know:
• This book provides a nice introduction to the United States government.
• It delivers easy to understand explanations of each component of the government.
• The definitions of words (ballot) and concepts (multiparty system) are useful.
• Readers will be intrigued by some interesting facts, e.g. that the GOP stands for Grand Old Party.
• Older children will find this book a good resource for school projects.
• Some facts stand out as they are highlighted outside the main body of text.
• Some controversial subjects like fraud in voting are discussed.

Sweet Book Summary:
America Votes is a nice overview of the United States government and how our president is elected. It covers a wide range of topics including the importance of voting, who gets to vote and the history behind the process. It also explains how Congress works, what the President does and what happens during a campaign. Some important facts are highlighted outside the main body of text. A great deal of information is covered and there is a lot of text, but there is still plenty of white space and there are illustrations to help move the story along. It is a good choice for a read-aloud as it may trigger questions and discussion.

Author: Linda Granfield Illustrator: Steve Bjorkman Published: 2005, 64 pages
Themes: Government, Non-Fiction, and Reference

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