A vote is a powerful thing

Catherine Stier

Book - 2020

Callie learns a lot about voting as her family gets involved in local and national elections and she campaigns to have the local wilderness park chosen for her class field trip.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8.
ISBN
9780807584989
0807584983
Main Author
Catherine Stier (author)
Other Authors
Courtney Dawson (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Callie, a freckled, pigtailed girl, voices this first-person, present-tense picture book narrative about the significance of voting. Callie's teacher, Ms. Trask, makes the upcoming U.S. presidential election digestible for her students by staging a class election to select the location of their next field trip: a wilderness park that Callie loves and campaigns for (her grandmother is working to preserve it), or the cookie factory, represented by classmate Lynn. The class learns how paramount a single vote can be when the decision comes down to a tiebreaker. Textural digital illustrations by Dawson present a diverse portrait of contemporary America. Though the book doesn't explain how the indirect U.S. presidential election differs from Callie's classroom process, it's a galvanizing read for children interested in politics or parents who hope to instill such interests. Back matter includes more information on voting procedures, a timeline highlighting crucial voting rights events, an explanation of the proposition depicted in the book, and resources for further reading. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discover why a vote—even just a single vote—is so important.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

STARRED REVIEW! "This book helps children make the leap from abstract concept to concrete understanding of the importance of these decisions and why voting matters...an inspiring read."—School Library Journal starred reviewDiscover why a vote—even just a single vote—is so important.Callie knows there's a presidential election coming up. Her class is having an election, too, about an issue that affects them all—the class field trip! She's about to witness first-hand what a difference a vote can make—even a single vote—and along the way will find out about the election process and why people have fought for the right to vote throughout history. A great kids’-eye look at the power of the vote.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Callie learns a lot about voting as her family gets involved in local and national elections and she campaigns to have the local wilderness park chosen for her class field trip.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When her class organizes an election to decide where they will go for a field trip, young Callie learns about elections processes, why people have fought for voting rights throughout history and the difference that can be made with even a single vote. Illustrations.