Grace for President

DiPucchio, Kelly.  Grace for President.  Illustrated by LeUyen Pham.  New York:  Hyperion Books for Children:  2008.  ISBN:  9780786839193.
Grace for President
With all the current events surrounding the national elections this year, be prepared for a flood of election-related children’s books.  Grace for President  not only tells the story of a classroom election between Grace and Thomas, but attempts to explain the electoral college.  Rather than each student getting one vote, each student is assigned to be a state with the corresponding number of electoral college votes.  Both Thomas and Grace campaign for votes, hoping to be the first to gain 270 electoral college votes to determine the election.  In an exciting ending, Sam, representing the state of Wyoming casts the vote to tip the balance.  Does he vote for Thomas because he is a poplular boy, or will he break ranks and side with Grace?  You will find this great teaching tool with the new CSCL books at JUV D596g.

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