Review: See How They Run

See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman is a 96-page picture book about presidential elections and the election process. Goodman covers the history of democracy, the electoral college, legal requirements for president, campaigning, political parties, campaign financing, and how ballots are counted. Written in 2008, the book includes presidents from George Washington to George Bush.

What I love about the book is that it's fun to read. It presents facts in an entertaining way by including funny sidebars and humorous illustrations. Goodman includes both the bad and good of the American political process and encourages kids to do what they can to get people to vote. If I had to guess, I think the author and/or publisher is Democrat; however, that's only a guess. The book was fairly neutral.

I recommend the book for grades 4 and up. Even older readers will enjoy reading the book and learn a lot from it. This is a good choice to read while doing a study on presidents, elections, civics, and democracy.  

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