What's the big deal about elections

Ruby Shamir

Book - 2018

Describes how Americans choose leaders, local and federal, and why elections should matter.

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Series
What's the big deal about.
Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Instructional and educational works
Published
New York, NY : Philomel Books [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Audience
004-008.
4-6.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781524738075
1524738077
Main Author
Ruby Shamir (author)
Other Authors
Matt Faulkner (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Shamir begins with interesting snippets about why federal elections are held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then moves on to issues such as who can vote and how you run for office, as well the bigger questions, including the roles of government and elections. The format—paragraphs of information surrounded by boxed sidebars and large, enthusiastic, sometimes amusing watercolors—encourages readers through the weeds of the electoral process. Occasionally, this concentrated design is problematic. For instance, a section about why elections should matter to kids opens with an African American boy surrounded by a group of intimidating white men, while the text says children "protested for the rights of their parents and grandparents [to participate in voting]," unintentionally implying adults (of all colors) were not protesting as well. The book touches on some of today's issues, like DACA (though not by name) and the safety of elections. This latest entry into the What's the Big Deal about . . . series is an upbeat discussion starter.   Grades 2-4. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes how Americans choose leaders, local and federal, and why elections should matter.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From ballots to bonfires, from suffrage to stumping, this kid-friendly picture book filled with fun facts and historical trivia shows why voting is so important and why America gets to call its government a body of, by, and for the people. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From ballots to bonfires, from suffrage to stumping, this kid-friendly picture book filled with fun facts and historical trivia shows why voting is so important and why America gets to call its government a body of, by, and for the people.Did you know that Election Day is on Tuesday because that was the best day for farmers to vote? Or that George Washington was our only elected president who ran unopposed? Or that Native Americans were only given the right to vote in 1924? It's all true! We hear a lot about political campaigns on the news, but there's tons to know about elections beyond the politics of each race. Who gets to vote? Who gets to run? What do elected officials do once they're in office--and what do candidates do if they lose? Why do people fight so hard for the right to vote? In this kid-friendly, fact-filled book, young readers will find out how Americans choose their leaders, local and federal, and why elections should matter to them, even if they can't vote (yet)!Praise for What's the Big Deal About Elections:"An informative introduction to the importance of voting, and a great choice for group reading choice before election season." --School Library Journal"An empowering choice." --Kirkus Reviews"This latest entry into the What's the Big Deal about . . . series is an upbeat discussion starter." --Booklist