Saturday, July 19, 2008

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Click here to find this book in the Library Catalog!Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Abstract: When Grace discovers that there has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president.

Hyperion Books for Children, 2008


Mandy said...

What a fun book for an election year! The illustrations have a sort of nostalgic feel to them that I really like.

I also appreciate all the details that accentuate the theme of the book (i.e., speech bubbles shaped like states, stars and stripes borders, fancy fonts).

Beth said...

This book had a great description of the electoral process without coming across like non-fiction. I thought it was very well done.

art4jewel said...

I love the illustrations in this book. The patterns and fonts really add a lot!

This is such a fun book and explains the election process really well. It would be fun to use during a social studies mini-lesson or during elections.

Holly B said...

The illustrations in this book are amazing. While reading I wanted to spend extra time on each page taking in everything. The colors and details of the pictures added to the story. Diversity was also nice to see and represented within the book through the pictures.

This book would be great for any teacher who wanted to explain how someone becomes President. It could be used to draw from for a mock election for a teacher's own classroom and students. It would definitely get students thinking and excited about what they could do.

Grace wins the election because of her hard work and perseverance, but also because it is something she believes in. These are qualities we hope to instill within all of our students as teachers. I would recommended this delightful story to any teacher.

Anonymous said...

Jamie at TUFW: The pictures are very colorful and seem to pop out at you. I think the book may be a good candidate for the Mock Caldecott Award.

I apreciate that there is so much diversity represented in the pages. I love how the kids dress up to represent their state.

The way that the electoral process is included is great! Children will not even know what they are reading about, but they will have prior knowledge for the future and they are shown how people actually run for offices within the United States.

Anonymous said...

This book is remarkable in that it takes a process many adults don’t understand (an election) and puts it in terms even children can understand. This book would best be used in an older elementary school classroom where the students can better understand how exactly an election works. They could even hold their own elections—just as the students did in the book—in order to get real hands-on experience.

Jessica said...

I would've loved to have this book during my student teaching experience. Having taught an election unit, it would've be fantastic to have that idea of holding an electoral college for voting. The presentation of the electoral college would have been more helpful from this book.
So many schools hold elections now in parallel to actual elections, this sort of determination in the book from Grace would be a great teaching peace.
This is a top notch vote for a Caldecott from me!

Jana said...

The illustrations are fun, unique, and add to the story. The story itself would keep any classroom, primary or upper elementary, engaged in and learning about the electoral process. I cannot get over how patriotic and unique the illustrations are. The expressions on the characters' faces are funny.
I could use this during an election, as a part of a patriotic unit, or during a holiday such as President's Day.