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So You Want to Be President (edition 2000)

by Judith St. George, David Small (Illustrator)

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Title:So You Want to Be President
Authors:Judith St. George
Other authors:David Small (Illustrator)
Info:See notes (2000), Paperback, 52 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Caldecott Winner, part of CCSE, Informational non fiction text

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So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George



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I would use this book as a read aloud with grades k-3 to introduce them to US history and give them more of an idea about the society they live in and how the presidency works. It is a very engaging book, although long, but it presents the information to these grade levels in a way that will make them want to learn. I would use this book as an independent read with 4-5th that supplemented a lesson on US history that would follow how the presidency/government was established because it paints pictures for them about the presidency and what it is like, while also giving them cool facts.
  rstrohmeier | Mar 12, 2017 |
This book would be good for an interactive read aloud in 3rd grade because it is a longer book but it has a lot of illustrations to help explain the story. Also, it is wrote almost like an informational text, so you could skip around instead of reading the whole thing.
  brandi3325 | Mar 10, 2017 |
GREAT and fun book to read with students about presidents. Includes fun facts, historical facts, and is able to connect with students. ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
Overall, the non-fiction did a good job of displaying interesting facts about many of the previous president's lives, qualifications, or stories that occurred during their presidency. ( )
  cccoch9041 | Dec 9, 2016 |
Oh my goodness I love this book. This could be used to compare fiction to nonfiction, to show your students that nonfiction is not boring and can be really enjoyable to read. It is filled with many facts about several different presidents. ( )
  HaileyNBrown | Nov 28, 2016 |
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Small, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399243178, Hardcover)

Tired of books about the presidency that present themselves as history books? Author Judith St. George--along with Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator David Small--has created a book about the presidency that's serious fun. The basic theme is that anyone can be president: a fat man (William Howard Taft) or a tiny man (James Madison), a relative youngster (Teddy Roosevelt at 42) or oldster (Ronald Reagan at 69). Presidential hobbies, sports, virtues, and vices all get a tongue-in-cheek airing, perfectly matched by Small's political-cartoon style of caricature painting. It's fun, but the underlying purpose is clearly serious: to remind kids that the American presidents have been a motley group of individuals, not a row of marble busts. Ironically, that message makes the presidency far more interesting (and appealing) than it seems in some of the more traditional books. There's a factual addendum at the back giving all the dates and names, with a one-line bio for each past-president. (Ages 8 and older) --Richard Farr

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This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. Shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of the 42 men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.… (more)

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