Presidential elections are big news-in the media, in classrooms, in Iowa and New Hampshire! But do you really know how the whole process works? For the home, for the classroom, for kids and adults, this is the one book every reader (and future voter) should have to understand our country's most important decision making process.
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Revised|
|Product dimensions:||7.70(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.28(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
SUSAN E. GOODMAN is the author of more than thirty nonfiction books for children, including How Do You Burp in Space?; See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House;All in Just One Cookie, an ALA Notable Book; and On This Spot, a Washington Post Top Picture Book of the Year. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
ELWOOD H. SMITH is an illustrator and animator whose books include The Truth About Poop, GeeWhiz, Raise the Roof, and others. His work can be seen inside the Eco-bathroom at the Bronx Zoo, as well as in packages of shrinky dinks. This is his third book with Susan Goodman. He lives in upstate New York.www.elwoodsmith.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A timely book about presidential campaigns, See How They Run is as entertaining as it is informative. This is a primer on campaign politics that explains the basics of presidential elections, as well as the other non-traditional routes to the presidency. (i.e., impeachment, resignation, assassination) The format is engaging and easy to understand, ¿when we vote for president and vice president, we¿re actually voting for a person called an elector. Electors are the ones who elect the president. What¿s going on here? How did the writers, or framers, of the Constitution come up with this one? Once again, our Founding Fathers were worried that the American public couldn¿t¿ or wouldn¿t learn about the different candidates. Don¿t forget back then people didn¿t have TV news or even political parties to supply information. So they gave us electors, who would learn about the candidates and vote for us.¿ But don¿t let this simple explanation lead you to believe that See How They Run glosses over the rough spots. Goodman helps young readers to understand third party politics (¿Party Crashers¿), election financing and campaigning, (¿George Washington ran fro the Virginia state legislature twice and lost twice. The third time was the charm. In 1758, he treated voters to 160 gallons of alcohol and got elected!¿), and other more notorious events in presidential campaigning (the Watergate break-in and the famous Boss Tweed, ¿vote early and often¿)Humorous cartoons by Elwood Smith break up the text and teach political satire. Photos of famous movers, shakers, and candidates are featured as insets, as well as blocks featuring the wisdom of Ben Franklin, ¿nothing but money is sweeter than honey.¿See How They Run concludes with ¿A Preachy but True Ending,¿ a plea for young people to take an interest in the political process.This should be required reading for 4th grade to adult!Contains an introduction, five chapters, presidential facts and photos, a glossary, sources and resources, and an index.
I read this book as part of a pen pal program to promote literacy among at risk children. As an avid follower of politics, I was shocked to find out how many interesting facts were included here! This a great book for kids and parents to read together; you will both learn a lot about our country's political processes.
See How They Run is a funny, clever, and very entertaining look at the election process. The author tells so many funny stories from U.S. History--you learn so much! My eight-year-old son can't put it down. It has great illustrations and loads of photographs. Every school library should have a copy.