Parents' Guide to

Grace for President

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

School campaign tale explains U.S. democracy in fun way.

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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

civics education is not just about government--we also need kids to understand political campaigns

we've mostly all been brainwashed into thinking that anyone running for political office is self-interested and only in it to get access to more money. that kind of thinking contributes to lower voter turnout, which lets the obstructionists in Congress and the White House get away with decisions (or non-decisions) that are devastating for our nation's kids and communities. Grace for President is enthusiastic and shows the best side of America's system of political campaigns. if you want to raise a voter--and potentially a future candidate--check this one out!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 4+

awesome story!

this books gives a quick glimpse in to the electoral process and the ways in which each state's vote is weighed in the election of the US president. It also offers a chance to consider the ways in which women's leadership has been viewed in the US presidency through the eyes of a child who decides to run for office in her grade. spoiler alert--the best candidate wins with the help of a equity-minded kid's (state's) vote...the first state in the U.S. to give women suffrage.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Our complex democracy is explained in a clear, kid-friendly way in this lively story of an elementary school presidential election. Grace is a passionate and appealing character, and Thomas is a worthy (if somewhat complacent) opponent. They both model enthusiasm for the electoral process without ever being mean to each other. How the electoral college works is explained simply in the story, and an Author's Note goes further into its history and purpose.

Grace envisions herself having a career in politics, and on the endpapers, she's pictured among the presidents on Mount Rushmore. This charming book may inspire others to make a difference in their community and run for office.

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