A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how voting works and how a leader chosen by the voters can help make decisions and solve problems.
"When Everyone gets a Say, the very quietest Someone gets the same Say as the very loudest Someone. The very tiniest Someone gets the same Say as the very biggest Someone." "... it doesn't matter if you're the tallest or the shortest or the squishiest or the fluffiest or even the quietest ... In our Forest, every Someone gets a Say."
Positive Role Models
The forest creatures have differences of opinion, but they come together once they understand how to have their say and vote for someone to be in charge. Having the smallest, quietist, and most likely to take refuge in his shell, Pudding the snail, be the one to lead the way shows a positive portrayal of an introvert.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jill Twiss' picture book Everyone Gets a Say, illustrated by EG Keller, is a story about how voting works that stars the same cute animal and insect characters introduced in The Someone New. Here, the forest friends decide someone should be in charge, and then have to figure out how to pick that leader. It's a fun, simple story that can help even the youngest readers understand the nature of elections.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful lesson in democracy shows even the youngest readers how voting and elections work. The art and the characters in Everyone Gets a Say are adorable, the story and voting concept are easy to grasp, and the squabbling among the forest neighbors is utterly relatable. It's an appealing, kid-friendly way to introduce the process of elections.
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