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Young readers will be fascinated by attention-catching facts as they read about major presidential campaigns, from George Washington’s election in 1789 to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008. Questions answered include: Who can run for president? ... Who can vote? ... What is the Electoral College? ... What is a third-party candidate? ... What if something happens to the president? Unusual facts kids will discover include: Which Republican president had a Democrat for his vice president? ... Who was the only U.S. President to be elected for more than two terms? Which candidates have won the popular vote but lost the election? ... Why was President Truman happy in 1948, when he read the Chicago Tribune headline that declared: "Dewey Defeats Truman"? Syl Sobel's account is guaranteed to enliven history and social studies classes, as boys and girls learn about some of the most important events in the history of presidential elections. (Ages 9 and older)
From the Reviews:
"Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts" … is ideal for elementary-aged kids curious about the democratic process. Sobel explains recent and historical elections (including the snafus of 2000), the electoral college, the order of succession and more from a straightforward, non-partisan perspective. Grades 3-5.”
Metroparent, October 2004
“Lots of historical trivia rounds out this clearly written overview. … The text concisely explains the confusing Electoral College and traces the steps of a campaign…”
School Library Journal, August 1, 2004
" Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel, J.D. is both interesting and easy to understand. Line drawings carry the reader through the engaging and informative text. For a simple, straightforward explanation of the election process, this book is hard to beat."
Jennifer Galvin, The Boston Herald
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About the Author:
Syl Sobel, J.D., is the Director of Publications & Media Division, at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books about the American government all published by Barron's. His works include Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts, How the U.S. Government Works, The U.S. Constitution and You, The Bill of Rights , and The Declaration of Independence.
Paperback / 48 Pages / 7 x 9 1/4 / 2012