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Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton

Vote for Me! (edition 2012)

by Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator)

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Title:Vote for Me!
Authors:Ben Clanton
Other authors:Ben Clanton (Illustrator)
Info:Kids Can Press, Ltd. (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:E Books
Tags:Voting, Elections, Humorous, Storytime: No

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Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton




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Funny spoof of American politics. Our politicians do seem to act as juvenile and ridiculous as the donkey and the elephant in this story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Clanton, Ben. Vote for Me! Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd., 2012

Characters: Elephant; Donkey; Independent Mouse

Setting: Not applicable

Theme: politics; elections; two-party systems

Genre: Children’s fiction; picturebook

Golden Quote: Donkey: “Not to change the subject, BUT I’ve got a question I’ve been meaning to ask you. Do you like CANDY? Because if you vote for ME, I’ll give you a sucker!” Elephant: You ARE a SUCKER if you vote for HIM. Besides, if you PICK ME, I’ll give you PEANUTS!”

Summary: A satire of American politics finds a donkey and an elephant resorting to just about anything to garner votes, and after all the mud-slinging is done and the votes are tallied, they are both quite surprised by the results.

Audience: Children grades 2 and up (8 years and up)

Curriculum ties: social science content area- how elections work; strategies politicians use to persuade voters; function of two-party systems; compare and contrast US government to other governments in the world; history content area- ties to American history and history of elections; American presidents past and present; language arts content area- persuasive speech, satirical literature and writing; puns; irony

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Personal response: Vote for Me! is as crafty as it is basic in its message – politics can be a pretty messy business. While almost a seemingly “realistic” perspective on American politics, Ben Clanton provides a humorous outlook into the petty and ridiculous claims politicians sometimes make to get elected. Donkey and Elephant plead and beg the reader (the voter) to make the right choice without providing any real tangible evidence as to why they deserve to win over the other. The two candidates banter back and forth, insulting each other, making empty promises, and even resort to slinging mud at each other before apologizing to each other for their terrible actions. Because they are so consumed with just trying to get elected, they are completely blindsided by their third opponent, Independent Mouse, who wins the election to become the “Big Cheese”. Perhaps the best part of the story is the very end when they can’t seem to figure out what went wrong in the campaign and, in their moment of desperation, try to get the reader to make a choice even after it is too late. This book would be a great introduction to the American political system for middle to upper elementary students; leading to meaningful discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of our two party system. ( )
  Angie.Patterson | Feb 22, 2013 |
If you are looking for a fun way to teach politics, Vote for Me! is a great book to use. It shows how the focus tends to be on Republicans and Democrats, but there is always another choice. This book can be used to explain how it is important to do research on each candidate before voting. The book is funny and eye opening and can be used on a variety of ages if it is incorporated properly. ( )
  mdgilmor | Nov 24, 2012 |
This is a good election book. this teaches the children how politics are. This is a book that I read to a 7th grade classroom and thy were as excited about it as maybe thrid graders would have been. ( )
  abarnes012892 | Nov 21, 2012 |
A really cute. kid friendly look at the political parties. A short explanation of how politics actually works. Grown up need to read this book to see how silly some of these arguments really can get! ( )
  mdonley | Nov 21, 2012 |
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Hey, you! Yes, you with the dazzling smile! The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure! Flatter? Absolutely! Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Soon, the tension mounts, and these two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) and flinging insults. And what happens when the election results are in? Well, let's just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little surprise -- and a certain bewhiskered, third-party candidate is in for a first term. Vote for Me! is a timely satire of American politics, but it's a story readers of all nationalities and ages will recognize. Comical, retro illustrations (in shades of blue and red, of course) are completely winning, and the duelling duo's insult-laden exchanges promise to have readers laughing out loud.

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A satire of American politics finds a donkey and an elephant resorting to just about anything to garner votes, and after all the mud-slinging is done and the votes are tallied, they are both quite surprised by the results.

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