Grace for President

 
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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

This is a timely book with a charming narrator, who when shown a poster of all the U.S. Presidents blurts the question, Where are the girls?

A good question, Grace! When shes told that the United States has never had a woman president, Grace is a girl on a mission.

Her teacher recommends that Woodrow Wilson Elementary hold its own election and Grace is up for the challenge to become president. She takes her campaign much more seriously than her overly confident challenger, Thomas.

Grace makes posters and promises, speeches and rallies. But unlike Thomas, she goes above and beyond the call of the campaign. She volunteers, starts committees, and even kisses the obligatory baby! This girl knows what she wants. But in the end, it all comes down to the votes.

This author doesnt take the easy way out. Instead of the popular vote, Graces campaign is to be decided by electoral votesthats right, the type that make adults scratch their heads in confusion. But DiPucchio is willing to take her readers to the next level and succeeds in simplifying the electoral process that will leave no reader behind, while still managing the tension and humor that brings her story to its climax.

Illustrator LeUyen Pham, perhaps inspired by the complex simplicity of the text, partners to bring even more life to the tale with her beautifully captured multi-cultural characters. She does justice by the spirited Grace Campbell, with facial expressions and body language that will be familiar to every elementary school student and teacher. No easy way out for the illustrator either. She squeezes more images into every page spread than most picture books fit into their entirety.

This book is overflowing with fun, substance, and plenty of features for readers to fall in love withthe author and illustrator combo cant be beat!
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