Monday, February 13, 2012

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Wrapped in Foil.

My selection is "If I Ran for President" written by Catherine Stier and illustrated by Lynne Avril.

What would it be like to run for president of the United States?  That is the question explored from a child's point of view by author Catherine Stier.  There would be fun -- seeing your name on T-shirts and signs, appearing on television, giving interviews, and being the center of attention at rallies where cheering audiences chant your name.  But running for president would also be hard, hard work --  educating yourself about the issues, receiving your party's nomination at their national convention, campaigning, winning the election, and beginning your first day in the Oval Office. 

Stier provides an introductory page that details the qualifications for president.  She then follows six young candidates through an election year that includes the role of political parties, Caucuses, Primaries, Election Day, and the Electoral College.  Stier has created an entertaining read that succeeds in explaining this complicated process using experiences that youngsters can relate to and by employing language they can understand.

Avril's illustrations mirror the lively text as she portrays a broad variety of youthful candidates taking turns sharing their thoughts and views on America's election-year experience.

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